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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 catcher Jackson Appel (20) makes contact with a ball for a double during Texas A&M’s game against Tennessee at the NCAA Men’s College World Series finals at Charles Schwab Field in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday, June 22, 2024. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
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Luke White, Sports Editor • July 15, 2024

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Bob Rogers, holding a special edition of The Battalion.
Lyle Lovett, other past students remember Bob Rogers
Shalina SabihJuly 15, 2024

In his various positions, Professor Emeritus Bob Rogers laid down the stepping stones that student journalists at Texas A&M walk today, carving...

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,...

Building the future in B-CS

Photo by Photo by Brandon Holmes

Construction workers maintain the railroad tracks at the intersection of Wellborn Road and John Kimbrough Blvd.

Regardless of the inconvenience that construction has brought the Bryan-College Station community, TxDOT entertained “Road Work Ahead” vine enthusiasts for at least a short while.
However, many other Texas A&M students and staff members have been less than thrilled with the ever-changing construction sites across town. My entire time here as a student has been during the regime of the orange traffic cone. Although I do not enjoy spending my mornings watching brake lights on University Drive, I am excited about the future of College Station nonetheless. The state of development that we are experiencing is not perpetual — your short-term suffering will yield long-term results.
I have overheard many complaints about the constant construction to come in future years as a result of the University’s 25 by 25 campaign. Most of these people fail to realize that this effort is focused on the retention of engineering students, as there are no current plans to increase school-wide enrollment. Freshman enrollment at A&M has sat around 10,500 for each of the past five years, and University officials do not expect that to change any time soon. The expansion of roads and buildings that we are witnessing is meant to establish a sustainable infrastructure for years to come. We should be grateful that our city and University have the financial resources to enhance our livelihood by improving the condition of our facilities and roadways.
College Station has not always been a hub for academic and athletic success. Many of our parents and grandparents attended school here during a time when parking lots were dirt, and the only attractions around town were The Dixie Chicken and a bowling alley. Expanding infrastructure and facilities will attract new businesses to the area, which can create competitive job opportunities for current residents and future graduates. This phenomenon is occurring in many rapidly developing cities, but none more so than Austin.
A recent article by the New York Times reported that Austin’s metro area grew 26 percent from 2010-2018. Concordantly, Texas Labor Market Information shows that employment grew roughly 36 percent during that period (B-CS increased 18 percent). If you have been to Austin in the past few years, you have seen for yourself the construction it takes to support that rate of growth. Austin is a more established city with greater economic diversity than College Station. Regardless, University of Texas graduates now have many more opportunities to stay put once graduating. I expect a similar cycle to occur in the B-CS area. As the region continues to develop and grow, more graduates will find jobs and start families locally, resulting in more growth, so on and so forth.
A 2018 WalletHub report ranked College Station as the sixth fastest-growing city per capita based on 15 different growth metrics. When you look at other Texas cities on the list (Midland, Pearland, Mckinney, Frisco, Roundrock, Austin and League City), and metropolitan areas (Houston, DFW and San Antonio), morning traffic on the way to your 8 a.m. doesn’t seem too bad. I understand that you hate walking around construction on your way to class, and I know how inconvenient traffic can be. Try to tough it out because the result is going to benefit yourself and future Aggies for generations to come.
To stay aware of construction that may affect your transportation and parking options, I recommend visiting or If you are interested in learning more about building and economic development, you can find relevant information at the websites of U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau.

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