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The Birth of a New Tradition: Aggie Independence Day

Independence Day in Aggieland came a few days early this year. While 99% of the nation was most likely gathering fireworks, refreshments, and preparing for their mid-week break, College Station, Texas was celebrating its own independence day: because on July 1st, 2012, Texas A&M University was officially and formally inducted to the Southeastern Conference.

While the Aggies might have left the Big 12 Conference several months before, marking their true state of independence, July 1st was the day worth celebrating. For many Aggies, the entrance of A&M into the SEC marks a new period for the university. One of development and growth in both athletics and academics.

The premature independence day celebration was held outside of Kyle field, where President Loftin and Head Coach Sumlin both spoke to a crowd of several Aggies, both former and current students. Hundreds arrived to celebrate the event, the introduction of Texas A&M into the SEC. It has officially been dubbed “Aggie Independence Day.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Florida Gators are Coming to College Station, Texas

The University of Florida has been around for a while. Their academic standing and consistent national rankings in NCAA athletics have held them as one of the most widely recognized universities. That’s not to mention their original production of the sports drink “Gatorade”, named after the Florida mascot and developed by University of Florida researchers in 1965 to replenish water, carbohydrates and electrolytes. And, of course, there’s the recent NFL celebrity Tim Tebow, graduated from U of F, leading the gators to a national championship in 2008.

The University of Florida, despite their renown, is actually surprisingly similar to Texas A&M University. In academics, campus size, and enrollment, Texas A&M and the Florida Gators have managed to rank rather closely.

In Academics, U of F is ranked as the 19th best public university by U.S. News and World Report as of 2012. They are ranked 58th overall and considered one of the “Ivy Public” schools, reserved for the top public institutions for higher education across the nation. Texas A&M, coincidentally, was ranked 19th by U.S. News and World Report as of 2011, and placed 58th overall. There’s a strange similarity.

University of Florida had an enrollment size of 49,600 students as of the fall of 2011. Their campus is the 7th largest single campus in the nation. This makes them the second largest university in the SEC. The largest is Texas A&M University. With a 2011 enrollment size of 52,000 Read the rest of this entry »

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Facing Down the Crimson Tide: Alabama and Texas A&M in the SEC

The last time the Texas A&M Aggies played the University of Alabama (UA) in an NCAA football game it was 1988 at Kyle Field. Alabama gained an immediate upper-hand, finishing the game with a victorious score of 30 to 10. Since then, the Alabama Crimson Tide has won five national titles, including the their victories in 2009 and 2011. And on November 10th, 2012 Texas A&M is scheduled to play the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

It might be too much to hope for a victory against the ruthless surge of the Crimson Tide. But Aggies have been characterized for their ability to upset national polls: particularly for schools like the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns. Only the end of the SEC’s football season can reveal whether this tradition will carry over.

There is no misconception regarding the wealth of athletic talent in the American South. In recent years, as well as consistently throughout the history of the NCAA, the Southeastern Conference has been recognized as one of, if not the most competitive conference in the nation. Yet, football is not all the Universities of the SEC like Alabama have to offer. In likeness to Texas A&M, the University of Alabama is a school rich in history, tradition and higher education.

Alabama was founded in 1831, a full 45 years before Texas A&M. However, the development of the University can be traced back to 1818, before Alabama had even been admitted into the Union as a recognized state. The cultural imprint left by this “Capstone” University left a lasting mark on the early southwestern frontier. Today, it is the largest (in terms of enrollment) and oldest of all higher Read the rest of this entry »

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Reopening Of Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center

mscThe reopening of the Texas A&M’s Memorial Student Center was set for April 21, 2012. This date was actually several months ahead of schedule. The new MSC was originally scheduled to reopen in the summer of 2012. The facility has been under construction since 2009.

R. Bowen Loftin said he was “extremely delighted to announce that the Memorial Student Center – a powerful and symbolic living memorial to all fallen Aggies – will officially reopen on April 21, 2012, several months earlier than previously announced. It is particularly fitting to reopen the building on the day Aggies will hold Muster ceremonies worldwide, a time-honored tradition to pay tribute to those who have passed away the previous year”.

When the MSC was closed for construction the promise was made to students that all currently enrolled students would have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the tradition of the MSC for atleast one year during their academic career. With the MSC finished quicker than anticipated, this promise proves to be true!

Many Texas A&M students were involved in decision-making concerning achitectural design and other topics. The involvement of students in these decisions helps to make students feel even more connected and excited Read the rest of this entry »

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Texas A&M and the University of Missouri Enter the SEC

When Texas A&M University announced their intention of leaving the Big 12 Conference on August 31st of 2011, there were mixed reactions. Many Aggies had been anticipating the potential transfer to the Southeastern Conference and were excited and enthusiastic about the declared resolve. In this moment it was likely that many of them, blinded by their aspirations for the future competition, overlooked the fact that they would be leaving behind their history in the Big 12 and a 117 year old rivalry with the University of Texas.

Then there was the reaction from the Big 12. Many teams, particularly those in Texas, appeared hurt and offended by Texas A&M’s departure. The University of Texas appeared particularly vulnerable through their forced display of indifference toward their long time rival. In attempting to schedule future non-conference games between the University of Texas and Texas A&M, UT has proven decidedly disinterested.

“They chose to leave,” remarked UT basketball coach Rick Barnes. “They made the Read the rest of this entry »

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