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Brazos County officials are distributing free backpacks, school supplies and gift cards for K-12 students on July 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Bryan High Silver Campus Cafeteria.
Brazos County to distribute free school supplies
‘Back to School Bash’ invites K-12 families on July 12
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 11, 2024
Texas A&M pitcher Chris Cortez (10) delivers a pitch during Texas A&M’s game against Tarleton State on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. (Chris Swann/The Battalion)
Cortez selected by Los Angeles Angels with 45th pick in 2024 MLB Draft
Luke White, Sports Editor • July 14, 2024

Junior RHP Chris Cortez was selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 45th pick in the second round of the 2024 MLB Draft on Sunday, continuing...

Craig Reagans 1973 brown Mach 1 Mustang features custom stickers of Craig and his wife, and is completely rebuilt from the ground up. The interior was completely torn out and replaced with new dashboard and radio.
Compassion in the car community
Shalina Sabih, Sports Writer • July 9, 2024

This past Sunday, Cars and Coffee welcomed exactly one car: a sleek, brown Mustang that stood alone like a lone ranger in the Wild West. This...

Chancellor John Sharp during a Board of Regents meeting discussing the appointmet of interim dean Mark Welsh and discussion of a McElroy settlement on Sunday, July 30, 2023 in the Memorial Student Center.
Analysis: Chancellor Sharp’s retirement comes with new dilemmas
Nicholas Gutteridge, Managing Editor • July 2, 2024

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday he will be retiring on June 30, 2025.  A figure notorious in state politics,...

Editorial: A&M presidency finalist an ambitious, forward-thinking choice

Provided by the University of Washington

Few Aggies have heard of Michael K. Young, the Washington president who got the nod Tuesday as the finalist for the A&M presidency. No one yet knows how he will work or interact with the unique fiber of Texas A&M — its traditions, the Kyle Field pageantry, the student body.
And that’s a good thing.
There might, for instance, be more certainty in a choice like former Gov. Rick Perry, who became the popular conversational name in a search characterized by its silence. No names leaked, so Aggies defaulted to Perry — ironically, in some contexts.
Aggies are comfortable with Perry. They’re comfortable, also, with interim president Mark Hussey, pulled from his post as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to man the presidency since it opened in 2013 with the departure of R. Bowen Loftin. Loftin is famous for his involvement — and subsequent marketing of — the “100-year decision” to move to the SEC.
But Texas A&M in 2015 is different for more than its conference affiliation. This is a campus with big, sweeping goals. Vision 2020, 25 by 25 and the Kyle Field redevelopment are each ambitious in their own right (overly so, it could be argued), but they’re symptoms of a university itching to step deeper into the national dialog.
A&M has been, at times, an institution prone to hiring from within. That’s not always a bad thing. But it can make “national searches” feel like a formality and keep the best national leadership from considering College Station.
With Michael Young, the Board of Regents blew past the comfortable picks and found a man with bulletproof credentials. Whether Young is good for A&M will be answered by time. But the process and thinking that led to his selection is a welcome sign.
The Editorial Board is composed of editor-in-chief Mark Doré, managing editor Aimée Breaux and assistant managing editor Jennifer Reiley.

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