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Texas A&M utility Gavin Grahovac (9) throws the ball during A&Ms game against Georgia on Friday, April 26, 2024, at Olsen Field. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Southern slugfest
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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.
A&M System’s Title IX director suspended after supporting Biden's Title IX changes
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • May 23, 2024
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A fighter jet squadron flies over during the National Anthem before Texas A&M’s game against Arkansas at Olsen Field on Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Bryan-College Station Regional participants announced
Ian Curtis, Sports Writer • May 27, 2024

For the second time in three seasons, No. 3 national seed Texas A&M baseball will host the Bryan-College Station Regional, where it’ll...

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Beekeeper Shelby Dittman scoops bees back into their hive during a visit on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
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Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • May 1, 2024

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Kennedy White, 19, sits for a portrait in the sweats she wore the night of her alleged assault inside the Y.M.C.A building that holds Texas A&M’s Title IX offices in College Station, Texas on Feb. 16, 2024 (Ishika Samant/The Battalion).
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April 25, 2024
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April 25, 2024
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Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
Farewell from the graduating Battalion staff of 2024
The BattalionMay 4, 2024

Denying deregulation

Tuition deregulation is perhaps the most criticized educational idea of the year, and for good reason. The concept would shift the cost of public higher education from state tax dollars to students’ pocket books. This would likely place the expense of attending Texas A&M out of reach of many middle-class students who do not qualify for financial aid. It would also remove tuition-setting power from elected representatives and give it to an unelected boards of regents. Unfortunately, Texas lawmakers don’t seem to have the students’ best interests in mind.
State Sen. Florence Shapiro has submitted legislation providing for boards of regents to raise tuition “an amount not to exceed three times” the level students are currently charged. Rep. Geanie Morrison, chairwoman of the House higher education committee, has submitted a bill that would empower boards of regents to set tuition levels and require that schools provide increased financial aid to low-income students. Rep. Fred Brown, who represents the district that includes A&M and its students, has proposed the most atrocious bill of all. It allows boards of regents to set tuition at any level, without interference from elected officials.
Tomorrow, at 6 p.m. in Rudder 301, students will have a chance to voice their opinions on tuition deregulation at a Student Government Association sponsored forum. Aggies should attend this forum to ensure that the student leaders who serve them represent their views, and make sure that the leaders they vote into office this week agree as well. Tuition deregulation is not inevitable, and students and elected officials alike must work to stop it in its tracks.

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