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Storming the Ivory Tower

Sep 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

For the past four years, a group of passionate reformers has been steadily trying to remake how higher education works in Texas—over the screams and howls of many professors and school presidents. Last year the battle came to UT. And the bombs are still flying.

The Texas Football Coaching Carousel

Dec 4, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman marches on as gossip swirls about University of Texas’s Mack Brown’s departure and University of Houston’s Kevin Sumlin’s future. 

Farmers Flight!

Oct 31, 2011 By Paul Burka

Texas A&M’s announcement that it was bolting the Big 12 for the SEC signaled the end of a passionate rivalry with the University of Texas that has defined the two schools for more than a century. But what does the end of Aggies versus Longhorns mean for the rest of us?

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Oct 31, 2011 By Jake Silverstein

Later this month, one of the great long-standing traditions in college athletics—the annual Thanksgiving game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M—will come to an end. The rivalry between these two schools has lasted so long, and fostered such ferocious passion on both sides, that most people…

SECession?

Aug 31, 2011 By Jason Cohen

Texas A&M is fixin' to get out of the Big 12. Good news for Texas?

Faith, Hope, and Chastity

Apr 30, 2008 By Katy Vine

Texas receives more federal funding for abstinence education than any other state. But is teaching kids not to have sex the same as sex education?

Bruce McCarl

Feb 1, 2008 By Texas Monthly

Al Gore may be the public face of climate change, but all around the world, researchers are toiling in semi-obscurity to deepen our understanding of the challenge it poses. One of these is McCarl, a Texas A&M University professor who has spent the past twenty years studying the potential effects…

2028: The Year in Sports.

Feb 1, 2008 By Jason Cohen

UT and A&M Form Second Football Teams After the top fifty NCAA programs were privatized, record revenues and stock splits made the IPO spin-offs inevitable. An antitrust lawsuit filed by Texas Tech and UTEP, whose teams remain not-for-profit university entities, was dismissed in federal court. ¡Viva Los Cowboys! Dallas Cowboys…

Mark Westhusin

Feb 1, 2008 By Texas Monthly

How many Aggies does it take to turn one tabby or tin-can-eater into two? The no-joke answer is perhaps a dozen—the number of researchers, students, and staff working under Westhusin in the Reproductive Sciences Laboratory at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The Plainville, Kansas, native, who has a degree…

Bum Rap

Jan 1, 2008 By Evan Smith

The bar was set pretty high even before last year’s Bum Steers cover was named one of seven winners in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual Best Cover Contest. I mean, honestly: How to top Dick Cheney with a scowl and a shotgun? It’s not as if there was…

Big State Festival

Sep 30, 2007 By Jordan Breal

Here comes another all-the-decibels-you-can-handle musical gathering. The Big State Festival, which spans a weekend this month (and has a moniker only a Texan could love), is aiming to do for country music what the Austin City Limits Music Festival does for rock and roll: that is, lure in thousands…

Old-timers’ Day

Apr 30, 2005 By Gary Cartwright and danjenkins

Duking it out, after more than fifty years of friendship, over Ann Coulter, Terri Schiavo, the appeal of golf, and, inevitably, the decline of the Cowboys.

Corps Values

Apr 30, 2004 By Paul Burka

What place does tradition have at Texas A&M these days? One by one, the old ways are disappearing from the venerable campus, and many Aggies are up in arms. But embracing change may be the only way to save the school they love.

Our Towns

Apr 1, 2002 By Anne Dingus

What's the story behind "Bug Tussle"? "Old Dime Box"? "Frognot"? It turns out there's more to a name than I ever expected.

Inside Aggie Inc.

Mar 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

Which sports lose money, the economics of luxury suites, and other secrets of Texas A&M University’s athletic program.

CD and Book Reviews

Jun 30, 1998 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Inevitable baggage accompanies an album whose sessions splintered a great band, ousted three producers, and outlasted a record company. But if ex-Austinite Lucinda Williams is a paragon of self-doubt, she’s also a gifted writer who gets to the core of a character in the course of a three-minute…

Linda Ellerbee

Mar 1, 1997 By Renee Boensch

When I was a little girl, the thing that I most wanted to do was to be able to sing, but as fortune would have it, I can’t carry a tune. One year at River Oaks Elementary School, a humane decision was made by the principal that anyone who wanted…