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    September 29, 2014

    Houstonians Hate Traffic, Have No Desire to Change

    Those of us who live in Houston are a diverse lot. We have members of our community from all over the world, never mind the state of Texas. Yet, we can all agree that traffic here is God awful. But, what we can't seem to agree on is why or how to fix it. A recent study from Texas A&M University's Tr ... More >>

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    September 29, 2014

    College Football, Week 5: The Weekend In Tweets, Vines, and YouTube

    September is almost over, and this week the calendar will flip to October, which is the de facto beginning of fall, and in college football, the de facto beginning of the real regular season. Yes, we've seen a rise in the number of power conference teams willing to take on other prominent power con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2014

    Where To Watch Out-of-State College Football

    College football fans just can't hold a candle to their NFL counterparts. It's hardly anyone's fault but the alumni associations that charge bars an arm and a leg to host their watch parties, but with Houston's transplant culture the way it is, it's probably harder to get five Northwestern fans in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Sargassum, Galveston's Seaweed that Won't Quit

    Update 2:20p: We included comments from Texas A&M researcher, Robert Webster. We thought we'd be in the clear by now, or close to it, but the seaweed invasion continues. Photos taken today from the shores of Galveston show an extremely green body of water that looks utterly gross. While tourists m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    Happy Happy Students in Aggieland: No. 1 According to The Daily Beast

    The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website connected to Newsweek magazine, has declared that Texas A&M students are the happiest students of all the colleges in the entire United States. In awarding the No. 1 spot to A&M, Daily Beast editors used student retention information and student ratings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    Aggies, Arabs, and Jews -- A Recipe for Success!

    For years, religious and political scholars have argued that a primary factor in the brutal Israel-Palestine strife has been the absence of a satellite Texas A&M campus. But now, A&M Chancellor John Sharp is stepping up to do something about it. The head of A&M told the Associated Press he wants to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    For His Next Trick, Johnny Manziel Will Try To Will A&M To An 11-1 Record

    "For us, this wasn't the end of our season. This wasn't the Super Bowl. This wasn't the last game of the season. Alabama lost a game last year and still went on to win the national championship, they lost to LSU the year before and still went on to go to the national championship. Our season isn't o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Declawing Cats, Banned in Many Countries, Is Thriving in the United States

    So your cat just slashed your prized Australian aborigine drum set. Or maybe that cute as a button kitten you got just a few weeks ago took out the wall paper in your den. No problem: just have your cat declawed and all that goes away. You'll never have to worry about home destruction or battling wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    The Alamo Is Under Attack! (It's Not Ozzy This Time)

    Texans don't screw around when it comes to the Alamo. We're raised to talk about the "13 days of glory" with misty eyes and a defensiveness along the lines of how the Brits talk about the Queen. Once Ozzy Ozbourne was caught urinating near it - he was peeing on the Alamo Cenotaph, legend has it -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Another Auction from This Time Targets Aggies

    You have to admire the folks at They are creative in getting people to buy vanity license plates and since the money goes to charity most of the time, it's a win-win. The last time around, they auctioned off their most expensive vanity plate yet: HOUSTON. This time, it's Texas A&M's tu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2013

    Gambling! Lines on First 10 Big Games of College Football Season Released

    It's early June, which means over the next two months, we are about to have a barrage of Navin Johnson "The new phonebooks are here!!" moments. For non-movie watchers and those under the age of 35, that clip from The Jerk is my metaphor for an oddly over-the-top amount of exuberance for the revelat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    Most Texas A&M Fees Missing Documentation, University Insists No Money Misspent

    Any high school student in Houston will, or should, automatically know one of the biggest colleges to get into is Texas A&M. That is, if you have the money or the scholarships to afford the tuition and fees. In recent years, what's been attracting a lot of attention at any school in the country is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Dereon Kelley: Convicted, Faces 10 Years For Calling In Bomb Threat To Texas State University

    A 22-year-old Bryan man has been found guilty of calling in bomb threats to Texas State University last year, around the same time he was suspected of calling in a bomb threat that evacuated Texas A&M. A Houston federal jury took about an hour to convict Dereon Tayronne Kelley after a two-day trial ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Aggie Gay Group Wins Battle Over "Opt-Out" Funding

    We told you late last month about how conservative Aggies (All together now: "ARE THERE ANY OTHER KIND?!?!") were pushing through a bill that would have allowed Texas A&M students to opt out of paying that portion of their student fees that went to funding the school's gay-support center. Because s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    The 12 Finest Trees In Texas: A Photo Tour Of The State's Pretty, Historic, Beloved Live Oaks & More

    Texans love their trees, whether they're being used for climbing, or getting some desperately needed August shade, or as a easy-to-remember landmark for locals making plans to meet each other. To be sure there are some less peaceful uses of trees in Texas history: lynching, sniping, chaining people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    Texas A&M Has A Bomb Alert (UPDATED, Classes Cancelled)

    These are becoming common enough to invite a blase feeling, but like hurricanes it only takes one. Texas A&M officials have issued a Code Maroon alert after receiving "a campus-wide" bomb threat.

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    April 11, 2012

    Kyle Field: Aggies Consider Tearing It Down

    Here's a thing we never expected to hear from Texas A&M, which usually guards tradition like it's the essence of life: They're looking at tearing down Kyle Field. We're not saying Kyle Field shouldn't be replaced -- it's been added onto haphazardly enough to be a strange facility, and there is no d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Omar Daniel Gonzalez-Torres: Craigslist Prank Backfires, Leads to April Fool's Day in Jail

    According to what he told police, Omar Daniel Gonzalez-Torres was upset at the way a woman was treating his girlfriend, so he chose the route of high-tech vengeance. Posing as his girlfriend's alleged antagonist, the 21-year-old College Station man took out a Craigslist "casual encounters" ad offeri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Texas A&M Students Rally in Support of Wildfire Relief with Towels

    ​Say what you want about the Aggies, they are a dedicated bunch of fans. How many people do you know willing to stand for every football game for an entire season? Now, A&M students have directed some of that passion at raising money to aid victims and firefighters impacted by the massive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    For Texas A&M: A Guide to the SEC

    Welcome to the family, Aggies.​Earthshaking news that you might have missed if you're not a sports fan: Texas A&M is leaving the Big 12 to go to the Southeastern Conference. If you're not a sports fan, perhaps your earth has remained unshaken, but it's a monster step for the Aggies. To help ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Rick Perry, Texas A&M QB, Properly Captioned

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Texas A&M Athletics: No Longer a Bridesmaid to UT?

    ​Maybe, just maybe, Texas A&M is about to stop being the University of Texas-Austin's bitch. On Thursday, the Texas A&M Board of Regents will meet in a closed-door, informational confab, according to a San Antonio Express-News report, to discuss the Longhorn Network, a 24-hour-a-day channel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2011

    Rick Perry, Aggie Football Hero

    The closest Rick Perry ever got to playing football at Texas A&M was being a cheerleader -- sorry, a "yell leader," as the Aggies call them, because it's so much manlier. But once he started giving tax breaks to EA Sports to attract them to Texas, he's now a QB with a tight spiral and the ability ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Five Jobs for Fastow

    Enron honcho needs work.

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    May 18, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Pride of the Aggies

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    "Aggie Owned & Operated": Warning Or Bragging?

    Consider yourself warned.​Texas A&M will have a ceremony later this week honoring a Houston insurance business as the first in what they hope will be a large program called "Aggie Owned & Operated." Barhorst Insurance Group on the northwest side of town will host the ceremony and be the honor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Aggies & "Anal Play": A Nation's Shame

    "Anal Play": Heavy breathing in Aggieland​The startling screencap to your left, taken from a KHOU report, shows the degradation and decadence that is overpowering the hallowed campus of Texas A&M. In deep shadow, perverts watch a TV that, if you look (really) closely, is displaying the title ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Texas A&M: Where Men Are Women, When It Comes To Title IX

    Aggie women's basketball: Why aren't the dudes pictured?​The New York Times is out today with an interesting look at how colleges cook the books in order to comply with Title IX, the federal law that requires equality in men's and women's collegiate sports. In order not to get afoul of the fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    Aggie Conservatives Denounce Gay Seminar With Single Greatest Quote in 21st-Century Higher Education

    Aggie chastity belts available in maroon and white​Conservative groups at Texas A&M are shocked if not outraged if not offended if not panties-wadded about a (gasp!) "Safe and Fun Sex" seminar apparently given by the GLBT Resource Center. Sex therapist Cay Crow (or, as the conservatives' broa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Breastfeeding: Aggie Professor Joan Wolf Questions the Battle Against the Bottle

    Texas A&MJoan Wolf asks if the breast is best​Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama talked about removing barriers for breastfeeding mothers last week, we've been thinking more than usual about boobs. Maybe that's why we were interested to read about a Texas A&M researcher's new book, Is Breas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Comment of the Day: Aggies and Their Goats

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Aggie Frat Member Shot and Killed a Pet Goat, For Some Frat-Related Reason

    Aggie frat is a different kind of animal house​Late last year, Texas A&M ordered a weeklong stoppage of all fraternity social activities in order to reinforce rules governing the groups. The university didn't lay out any specifics for what sparked their action, but the Bryan-College Station E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Best Public School Bargains: UT, A&M But Not UH

    UH: Not in the top 100 bargains​Kiplinger's has released its annual list of the best bargains among the country's public schools and Cougars, you ain't on it. Three Texas schools made the list -- UT-Austin, Texas A&M and UT-Dallas, which is in Richardson but who's asking? None of the schools ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Aggies Shelter In Place With Gunman Report (UPDATED: All Clear)

    Texas A&M is in a lockdown mode after reports of a man carrying an AK-47 on campus.The school's "Code Maroon" warning page says no gunman has been found, but police are still searching.Reporters listening to the local police scanner say the shooter is described as a white male with olive or gree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Young & Recessioned: James Nguyen And the Oh-So-Elusive Dream Job

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features James Nguyen, a 25-year-old Texas A&M grad who spent close to ten months unemployed before landing his current position. I never had a dream job. I started in computer engineering, then made my way to the business school, and I did ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Young & Recessioned: Haley Knight -- Forwarding Phone Calls Kinda Sounds Like "Communications," Right?

    ​The Big Recession may have hit the rest of America harder than it has Houston, but that doesn't mean we're not feeling the effects. Especially the youngest people in the job market -- whether it's twentysomethings trying to start their dreamed-of career or teens looking to begin making money on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Inside Aggieland with a Corps of Cadets-Inspired Resignation

    ​It's been about a month since Texas A&M named its new president, following the resignation of Elsa Murano, and some of the heaviest fall out has surrounded the Corps of Cadets. The day after R. Bowen Loftin was given the job in January as the university's president, Lieutenant General Joh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Hole-A-Balloo, Kaneck Kaneck: Aggie Journalist Wonders Why A&M Is Riddled With Glory Holes

    Screensave from​When we struggled our way through J-school before finally dropping out in a PICA-pole induced snit, we never thought that the day would come when we would find ourselves on the Texas-Louisiana glory-hole beat for a blog called Hair Balls, but here we are...Shortly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2009

    Diamond In The Back, Sunroof Down For Aggie Women's Hoops

    ​ Ladies and gentlemen, the new media guide for the Texas A&M women's basketball team. We've got nothing against players dressing up (unlike this columnist from Seattle, who thinks this trend has something to do with homophobia), but we have to ask: What the hell is coach Gary Blair doing?His ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    The Aggies Know Great Architecture When They See It, Especially If It's Done By An Aggie

    ​Texas A&M University created an architectural award this year, the Spirit of Place medal, "envisioned as becoming one of the world's premier built-environment awards," according to a press release from the school.The university wants its new award to be "viewed in the same light" as the Stirl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Wanna Know Where Meat Comes From?

    Food Inc. debuted in Texas last week. The producers of the movie talk about a "curtain" that's been deliberately placed between consumers and the meat they are eating. "The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you're eating. Because if you knew, you might not want to eat it," the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    Texas A&M's President Goes Out In A Blaze Of Bad Headlines, Great Official Statements

    God bless the Aggies. Who else could hire a new president amidst much fanfare (She's Hispanic, y'all!!) and then fire her 18 months later?Although we're not quite sure why she got fired. Sure, as we showed last week via an Open Records Act request, she was given a not-so-hot job review, but hey, tha ... More >>

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    October 3, 2008

    Indictments In A&M Assault Case

    Earlier this year, we published "Rotten to the Corps", a story about two members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets who beat up another student, then dodged punishment from the Corps and the university. The students were also charged with a misdemeanor assault charge, which was eventually dismissed b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    This Just In: Watermelon Good for Blood Flow (and Erections)

    Remember that scene in the movie Kids where one of the protagonists talks about how he got turned on watching a girl eat a watermelon on a hot summer day? If you were thinking his arousal was the result of his being a teenage boy, you're totally right. However, according to recent studies from the g ... More >>

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    February 20, 2008

    Feral Hog Contraceptive: Less Pigs in the Poke?

    Apparently tired of injuries sustained while trying to apply the Aggie Hog-Rubber (ribbed for her pleasure, of course), researchers at Texas A&M are testing an oral contraceptive to deal with the state’s feral hog problem. This should really come in handy for young feral hog couples who want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2006

    But What About Our Aggie Jokes? Quick: Spot the mental giant... Did you know Texas A&M is the fifth best university in the entire country? Yeah, neither did we. That is, until we stumbled across Washington Monthly's Annual College Guide. After years of tearing apart the U.S. News rankings (one of the media's favo ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 1999

    Fatal Attraction

    In the cultlike customs of Texas A&M, tradition is life. Even in death.

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    April 4, 1996
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    May 5, 1994
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