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(Left to right) Junior Finance major Cade Coppinger, Junior Political Science major Ben Crockett, Junior Finance major Luke Kohler, Junior Mechatronics Engineering major Ankit Lulla, Junior Industrial Distribution major Val McNeill, and Junior Society Ethics and Law major Carter J. Ostrom posed at the Student Body President Debate in the MSC Flag Room on Thursday Feb. 22, 2024. (Photo by Ashely Bautista)

Guest Contribution: Go out and vote

Marcus Glass, Guest Contributor February 29, 2024

Student government elections are a time when our social media is filled with campaigns, all hoping to garner your vote come Feb. 29.  The following is a quick crash course on student government and...

Sitting around the kitchen table with people to share a meal makes a bigger impact in your life than you realize. Opinion writer Nihan Iscan says that there is a strong connection between food, memories and contentment. (Photo courtesy of Jill Wellington/Pixabay)

Opinion: Don’t eat alone

Nihan Iscan, Opinion Writer February 27, 2024

Sitting in my grandparents' kitchen amidst all of my relatives as they prepare one of our favorite traditional Turkish meals is one of life’s simplest pleasures. Cousins bickering, grandparents patiently...

Curious which candidate has a proven track record of problem-solving? Opinion editor Ryan Lindner says you can count on Crockett when it comes to producing tangible changes.  (Adriano Espinosa/The Battalion)

Opinion: Ben Crockett for student body president

Ryan Lindner, Opinion Editor February 27, 2024

It’s easy to claim you’re the voice of change. It’s easy to say you want to advocate for students. It’s easy to give the usual talking points about how much Texas A&M means to you and your...

Is there a market capitalizing on loneliness? Opinion columnist Bj Barnes says online pay-to-chat services are a symptom of youth loneliness and an inability to socialize with peers. (Photo by Chris Swann/The Battalion)

Opinion: The loneliness economy

Bj Barnes, Opinion Columnist February 22, 2024

You’re lying on your bed, staring at your phone. The blue ambient light is the only thing illuminating your face in your otherwise pitch-black room. It’s a Friday night, and your small number of friends...

Is modern tipping justified? Opinion writer Isabella Garcia says tipping culture has devolved into a scheme for companies to make extra profit off of emotional blackmail. (Photo by Kyle Heise/The Battalion)

Opinion: We are being emotionally blackmailed

Isabella Garcia, Opinion Writer February 21, 2024

In economics, the fundamental truth is people are rational. In college, it’s that we’re broke.  Let me set an all too familiar scene. It’s 11 p.m. and you’ve been marinating in the oppressively...

Ocean engineering sophomore Ethan Mills approaches a stop sign on his bike while headed to class on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024. (Adriano Espinosa/ The Battalion)

Opinion: Cyclists, the second-class road users

Eddie Phillips, Opinion Writer February 21, 2024

When college stress hits hard, my go-to remedy is an episode of NHK World’s “Somewhere Street.” The show features expertly intrusive hosts who carry cameras and walk cities around the world. It’s...

Art critic Emma Ehle says The Last Dinner Party’s “Prelude to Ecstasy” is dripping with grandeur in its romantic lyricism and baroque visuals. (Photo via Raph_PH/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Criticism: The Last Dinner Party’s ‘Prelude to Ecstasy’

Emma Ehle, Life & Arts Writer February 18, 2024

Rating: 8/10   On Friday, Feb. 2, The Last Dinner Party released the official theatre-kid love child of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and Florence and the Machine (if conceived in an 18th-century French...

An aerial view of Harvey Road in College Station on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. (Photo by Samuel Falade/The Battalion)

Opinion: Love for the open road

Ryan Lindner, Opinion Editor February 18, 2024

It’s difficult to overstate the role that the automobile has played in forming the American spirit over the last 70 years.  Think of classic songs like “Mustang Sally,” “American Pie” and...

With the summer coming to an end, K-12 teachers across Texas will adjust their curriculum for the coming school year to align with the new Senate Bill 3 standards. 

Opinion: Scantrons reduce students to numbers

Bj Barnes February 14, 2024

When you think back to your defining high school days, I’m willing to bet your SATs don’t come to mind. Having a balding teacher with sweaty underarms repeatedly remark, “Please bubble in your answers...

Opinion: De-villainize standardized testing

Opinion: De-villainize standardized testing

Charis Adkins February 14, 2024

COVID-19 resumed the war on standardized testing as colleges and universities across the nation turned to a test-optional admissions process. As it stands today, many schools have retained their test-optional...

From me to you: here are a few tracks of love and loving to give this sticky-sweet time a little extra color.

Six love songs for Valentine’s

Noah Van Soest, Life & Arts Writer February 13, 2024

From me to you: here are a few tracks of love and loving to give this sticky-sweet time a little extra color.  “Darling Be Home Soon” (Live At Woodstock) — John Sebastian Emanating out from...

Star Wars and Nip Slips?

Star Wars and Nip Slips?

Abby Jarrett, Life & Arts Writer February 12, 2024

From captivating couture to purposeful nip slips, the 66th Annual Grammy Awards’ red carpet looks did not disappoint.  The Grammys is a chance for artists and celebrities alike to feature outfits...

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