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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
Graduate G Tyrece Radford (23) drives to the basket during Texas A&Ms game against Nebraska in the first round of the 2024 NCAA Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee, on Friday, March 22, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
How Tyrece Radford can catch the attention of NBA scouts
Roman Arteaga, Sports Writer • July 10, 2024

After 5 years of college basketball at Virginia Tech and Texas A&M, Tyrece Radford is furthering his athletic career with the San Antonio...

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,...

Wake up

I don’t know if it’s just the people I choose to hang out with, but it seems like everyone I’ve bumped into lately is morphing into a zombie. Co-workers, roommates, people at church, all seem like they’re sleepwalking through spring, ready to drop off the radar for a few weeks at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s stress at work, registration for classes (I woke up at 4 this morning for that privilege) organizations’ elections, politics or finally facing the schoolwork we’ve been putting off for two months, the campus that I look at every day has succumbed to a kind of malaise I can’t remember from my previous springs in Aggieland.
In my case, I’ve got to deal with finding a summer job, finding ways to pay for repairs on the car I just bought, finishing term projects, trying to find time to go home and visit family for the first time in four months, and studying for various grad school tests. All this was weighing heavily on my mind until Good Friday. Right before dozing off to bed, it hit me: just like Sally Fields says in that commercial for Boniva, “I’ve got this one life to live.” And there’s no point in wasting it by worrying about thequotidian.
Wake up! It’s spring outside, the only season where the best of Texas humidity, rain chances and temperatures all converge, and there is finally enough time in the day to enjoy it all. Go jump on a slack line, buy a Frisbee, walk through a park.
I think it’s appropriate to mention Easter. I have the benefit of belonging to a church that celebrates Easter as a liturgical season, lasting several weeks each year. There are benefits in this elongated observance, just as there are in Lent and the recognition of Good Friday; we get time to consider the relevance to our lives of rebirth, freshness, forgiveness and the promise of a better tomorrow. Instead of the traditional homily last night, my chaplain asked college students questions about what Easter, the Resurrection and the promise of a new life meant to us.
The gist of our responses was that it’s all about mulligans. We get a second chance, a clean slate, a new year (2009 is still young), and it’s ours to do with as we choose.
As my religious studies professor pointed out the other day, there are many correlations between Easter and the meaning of spring rites celebrated by ancient pagans; the ecstasy engendered by breaking out from winter’s last grasps, by seeing changes all around us.
Spring is about all of the good things, about today, about choosing to enjoy life as it comes our way. You’re going to get through your test one way or another, get that internship, register for classes, figure out financial aid, make it through the next work day. While you’re working on all of that, wake the most of today.

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