Texas A&M University

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    TxDOT Is Unmoved by Claims a Dallas Company's Guardrails Are Maiming Drivers

    Since 1999, the guardrails manufactured by Dallas' Trinity Industries have been credited with saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of drivers across the country. Trinity's popular older guardrail design, called the ET-2000, is supposed to roll back when struck by cars, absorbing some of the imp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Spotify Study Reveals Hilarious Listening Habits of Texas College Students

    You probably love Spotify, lest you're an old-school rock dude, like Thom Yorke, or believe the Internet is evil (well, it kind of is). The ease and wide-ranging catalog is the equivalent of having Christmas everyday for music enthusiasts. Unless we have a cool dad or mom, most of us don't really co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    Texas A&M Scientists Want the World's Largest Hadron Collider to Encircle Dallas

    It's been two decades since Congress killed the Superconducting Super Collider. Had the $11 billion project been completed, it would have become -- and would still be -- the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, and Waxahachie, Texas of all places would be the global epicenter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    TCU's Assistant AD Resigns After Mocking Texas A&M Bonfire Tragedy

    In sports, as in life, it's best to avoid unforced errors. Don't fumble the snap. Don't foul the three-point shooter. Don't walk in the winning run. And for the love of God don't, 15 years after the fact, piss on the graves of a dozen college kids who died in an unbearably tragic accident. Had Greg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Prove Your Love For the City By Spending Thousands on "Dallas" Vanity Plate

    Do you love Dallas? Do you have thousands of dollars to burn? Do you love to burn that money on frivolous things? Then we've got good news for you. The state of Texas is currently auctioning off a "Dallas" vanity plate. Bidding starts at $1,000. How high will it go? Only time will tell. It probabl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    State Climatologist: Texas Water Reservoir Level Set to Hit Historic Low in Two Weeks

    Texas is still almost entirely covered in drought, but it's easy to forget it. North Texas has been comparatively dry, while much of the rest of the state received some much-needed rain over the summer. It has not, however, been nearly enough to replenish the state's shrinking reservoirs. If this ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    What to Pack for Texas A&M's Camp Brisket

    Summer is almost out, which in many locales means the end is nigh for both camp and barbecue. But this is Texas, when meat-torching season never ends and camping is year-round, presuming there's meat and fire available. So it's not surprise that even in January, you can go to meat camp. And not jus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    A Fort Worth Company Is Launching Its Laptop Bags Into Space

    We're not sure how much Fort Worth-based Altego proved when it enlisted aeronautical engineering students at Texas A&M to attach its Polygon Sunfire laptop bag to a weather balloon and launch it into space. They were trying to make a point about durability, but I'm pretty sure my neon green Jansport ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Mattel Has Transformed Texas A&M's Formerly Respectable Yell Leader Into a Ken Doll

    At about this time each year, Mattel rolls out a new collection of University Barbies®, who are invariably clad in pom poms and cheerleading outfits, the logo of their favorite educational institution emblazoned across their perky plastic chests. This year, the toy maker threw the Barbie-collectin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Crazy Ants, Discovered in Houston a Decade Ago, Are Swarming Toward Dallas

    First, the good news: Crazy ants don't sting. They do sometimes bite, but the pain is mild, and it fades quickly. Even better, they drive out their stinging cousins, fire ants, which have been tormenting Texans for decades. Now, the bad news: When entomologists say "crazy," they mean it. "When you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    State Rep. Bill Zedler Wants to Shut Down Those Grody LGBT Centers at Texas Colleges

    The LGBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University, like its cousins at the University of Texas and the University of Houston, is an innocuous arm of school bureaucracy that offers an array of resources to gay and transgendered students. There is a guest speaker program, a lending library, networking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Sitting in Traffic Costs Car-Bound Dallas Commuters $3.6 Billion Per Year

    Every day, my commute home takes me over the Hall Street overpass where, from the comfort (or, more accurately, mild discomfort) of my bike seat, I gaze down at the parking lot that is Central Expressway at rush hour and wonder with a mix of empathy and mild condescension what all those poor souls a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    Texas Researchers Investigate Who Speeds (Young Dudes), Why (To Get There Faster) and What Can Be Done About It (Nothing)

    Several months ago, researchers gathered 164 volunteers in College Station, Texas and Seattle, outfitted their cars with GPS devices, and had them fill out questionnaires detailing how they drive (i.e. if they speed up for yellow lights, drive drunk, miss road signs, and any number of other factors) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    One Woman's Uncomfortable Tribute to A&M Quarterback Johnny Football

    Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, aka "Johnny Football," is a 19-year-old phenom on the verge of winning a Heisman, who has managed to revitalize the A&M brand. Aggie superfan Lisa Vasquez Roper of Houston is really into that, and decided to do her own special cover of chaste 1962 hit "Johnny An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    On I-35, a Freight-Only Monorail Could Soon Take Root

    The drive south down Interstate 35 isn't a particularly pleasant one, but there soon there may be something to distract you, namely a 243-mile elevated rail line dedicated to shipping freight. The Texas Department of Transportation is close to reaching a deal to lease highway right-of-way to Freigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Meet David Preziosi, Preservation Dallas' New Executive Director

    Katherine Seale officially ended her five-year tenure as executive director of Preservation Dallas early this year, but she didn't stop working. Instead, she's been hanging around as a volunteer until the nonprofit found a new leader. That just happened. The nonprofit announced in a press release t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Want to Ride to Work With Strangers, North Texas? There Will Soon Be An App For That.

    Slugging, aka commuting to work in random strangers' cars, has long been a thing in Houston and a handful of other cities across the country but never in Dallas. Maybe it's that use of our HOV lanes requires only two people per vehicle or that Dallas doesn't have enough pockets of density. Maybe it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    What Ice Cream and Fracking Have in Common And Why Your Dessert Has Become So Pricey

    The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you've likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven't eaten, ever). In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    UT-Dallas: Way Less Fun and Way More Expensive than UT-Austin

    It wasn't without some pride that I saw last week that my alma mater, the University of Texas at Dallas, had earned what may be its first superlative. (Okay, maybe its second, but the most-hideous-architecture label was unofficial). The Texas Tribune has helpfully compiled a list of average tuition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Warrant Issued for 18-Year-Old Accused of Setting Puppy on Fire (Update: Arrest Made)

    Update, 9:42 p.m., Friday: An arrest has been made. From DPD: Darius Ewing, who was wanted in connection to the puppy who was burned, has surrendered to the Dallas Police Department. He surrendered to police while a candle light vigile was being held by area animal advocates for the puppy named Ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2012

    Justice, the Puppy Burned in Pleasant Grove Last Week, Died Last Night

    The caretakers of the puppy who suffered third degree burns over most of his body were optimistic until the very end. But last night, Justice died after some of his wounds became infected and his condition worsened, according to a posting by DFW Rescue Me. The dog was rescued in Pleasant Grove last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    A Decade-Long Drought? Yeah, Maybe So, State Climatologist Says.

    It's all but official now. We've strung together the 12 driest months in Texas history. State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon estimates we got 13.69 inches for the year. The average is 27. It's been hell on ranchers, as we reported in this week's cover story. And it may get worse. Texas A&M put o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    No, Seriously, Says A&M Transpo Report, Dallas-Area Traffic's Not as Bad As It Used to Be

    ​Could have sworn we just saw an Annual Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M -- like, eight months ago. Maybe the Aggies couldn't wait any longer to bring the good news: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington drivers no longer waste 48 hours behind the wheel annually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    A Look at the Past, Present and Some Vague Suggestions for the Future of Deep Ellum

    Just came across this video on Vimeo, posted yesterday by Texas A&M environmental-design grad Katie Ogden, who's spending the summer interning at the LBJ offices of architectural firm Gensler. It begins as a history of Deep Ellum, then rolls out current stats -- as in, how much of the neighborho ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    So, You Think You Know Meat?

    ​For this week's Dish column, rather than eat at another restaurant, I spent time in the company of people who will ultimately choose the meats served there. Many meat industry professionals -- the experts who work at ranches, slaughterhouses, distributorships, groceries and chain restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Texas Aggies Know Their Meat

    ​A panel of judges at the National Meat Association's second-ever University Cook-off this week was partial to the University of Idaho's bacon sausage, but a stuffed pork loin created by Texas A&M took the people's choice prize. "I ate it, and I liked it," says operations manager Jen Kempis-P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Transpo Institute's Study Says Dallas-Area Drivers Actually Better Off Now Than in '07

    ​At the stroke of midnight this morning, the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M released its annual Urban Mobility Report, which promises a look at "the most accurate picture yet of traffic congestion in the 439 U.S. urban areas." Long story short, after two years of slight declines i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    SMU Cheerleader > Texas A&M Cadet

    My favorite part of the informative, entertaining "Pony Excess" ESPN documentary over the weekend was being reminded of the classic scene that unfolded at Texas A&M's Kyle Field on October 31, 1981. Led by Eric Dickerson and Craig James, the 5th-ranked Mustangs trounced a mediocre Aggies ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    After Last-Second Stay of Execution, the Big XII Lives to Play Another Day

    The man who saved a conference: Dan Beebe​Who's the commissioner/savior/magician of the Big XII Conference, David Blaine? In a death-defying, last-second escape that would make the famed illusionist proud, Big XII commissioner Dan Beebe has somehow kept his league alive and, I think, wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.11.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *The Southwest Conference lived to be 80. The Big 12 won't see its 17th birthday. Favorite part of the squabble is Texas A&M threatening to go to the Southeastern Conference without Texas. Yeah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Aggie Fans are Definitely Sad, Apparently Cheap

    ​Got a buddy who is Cowboys' season-ticket holder. One of the privileges is getting first dibs at all the events - not just NFL games - at the sparking, billion-dollar joint. So he buys four tickets on the 50 to last month's Oklahoma-BYU game. Cost him $1,200, and he sells them for $2,40 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Dallas-Fort Worth Is Still Way High on Traffic Congestion List. But It's Getting Better.

    So reports the Associated Press, which got a sneak peek at a Texas A&M-based Texas Transportation Institute study being released tomorrow that ranks the DFW as the sixth-most traffic-jammed-up metropolis in the country behind Los Angeles, Washington, Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco. That said ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 18, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Re: FYI, Read This ASAP. OMG!

    The following is a prime example of my curse here on Earth. A fleeting thought sprouts into a mild observation, only to bloom into a thesis that eventually flourishes into a blog item with sports branches. My apologies ... Got a text the other day, the salutation of which was LOL. It ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Pray for Rain

    In his January Climatic Bulletin, published earlier this month, state climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon documented Texas's "extraordinarily dry" and "unseasonably warm" January -- and warned of more months just like it to come "as La Nina conditions begin to develop in the Pacific Ocean." Last week, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    As Attorneys Argue Over Neches River's Future, Some Suggested Reading About Its Storied Past

    In our editorial meeting this morning, Schutze offered a book report concerning his holiday reading: Paddling the Wild Neches by Richard Donovan, which was published by the Texas A&M University Press in May 2006. Says Jim about the book documenting one man's canoe trip through East Texas, it's e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Yay, SMU! You're No. 66!

    That's what U.S. News & World Report says, anyway, in its latest ranking of the best colleges in the country. Which puts Southern Methodist behind BaylorRice, the University of Texas and Texas A&M when it comes to the other Texas universities on the list. But don't feel left out, TCU: You're No. 113 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    Jonestown Gets New Residents

    Spent the morning in the mud and muck out at the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington. And, of course, it wasn't for the highly anticipated announcement that current Cowboy Tank Johnson and maybe Cowboy Pacman Jones would be entering The Octagon together next season. No, it was merely owner Jerry Jones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Needle Point in Allen?

    Today's Boston Globe carries a lengthy profile of former Allen High School cheerleader, gymnast and class vice-president Dionne Passacantando, who, in 2003, started taking anabolic steroids when she was 17 because "she just wanted six-pack abs." Passacantando, who now lives in Bruce Springsteen's Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2007

    Scattershooting ...

    The best reason to try out for the Dallas Desperados, we're thinking. Scattershooting … while wondering whatever happened to this guy. The Lakers might be dumb enough to trade Kobe Bryant. But, sorry, Mavs fans, they aren’t stupid enough to deal him to a Western Conference team ... If the VIP ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2007

    Damn This Traffic Jam

    The Texas Travel Institute at Texas A&M has just released its long-awaited (?) 2007 Urban Mobility Report, and it says what anyone who drives in Dallas and the surrounding 'burbs already knows: Traffic suuuuucks. Says here folks in the DFW are delayed by congestion some 58 hours per year, which puts ... More >>

  • News

    May 24, 2007

    Woe Is They

    Conservatives need not apply

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2007

    SMU and A&M are Damned Liberal Anti-Bush Bastions. Sure, Prof, Whatever You Sez.

    The controversy over the proposed George W. Bush Presidential Library at SMU (heh) has settled to a simmer for now; even The Bush Library Blog announced over the weekend it was going on summer vacation. But it's merely the quiet before the storm. Speaking of, here's the latest black cloud to drift ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007

    Pop Quiz

    An SAT for DFW

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2006

    Losing Faith in Faith-Based Prison

    In 2000, The Dallas Morning News ran an op-ed that pimped out the locally based Corrections Concepts Inc., which was trying to get off the ground by selling faith-based prisons to states. According to the piece, written by a professor of economics at Texas A&M University who happened to be an unpaid ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 27, 2003

    Born to Run

    Lace up, Gramps

  • News

    January 16, 2003

    Trashy Dreams

    The city hopes its new "eco-park" will mean jobs and business. That may take some luck.

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Vanity of the Bonfire

    When tradition and death collide in Aggieland, tradition triumphs

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