Author: Devika Singh

Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo

Every Texan knows that the rodeo is the true sport of the state. This week welcomes friends and family to come enjoy the Brazos Valley Fair and Rodeo, with local live music and much more. The 5th annual fair that takes place in Bryan each year consists of rodeo festivities, including mutton bustin’, a livestock show, and carnival. Like other events hosted by the City of Bryan, this weekend was initially created to fund academic grants and scholarships for agricultural research and local educational events. Additional profits fund growth and promotion of the city. The previous two years have...

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PARK WEST: MODERN LUXURY, STUDENT CONVENIENCE

Every student’s concern when moving to College Station is the eternal search for housing that is affordable, spacious, and close to campus. Servitas, a company dedicated to provide exceptional student housing, has begun a new project in College Station as a solution to this problem. Park West, Servitas’ $368 million mixed-use luxury student housing community, is being built on Texas A&M’s campus off George Bush Dr., walking distance from Kyle Field. This state-of-the-art project spans 50 aces and is located at the Southeast corner of George Bus Dr. and Penberthy Rd. Totaling 2,200,000 square feet with a whopping 3,402...

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Album Review: “Revolution Radio” by Green Day

  Every music lover knows that what’s even better than a new band is an old band making a comeback. Grammy Award winning band and the famous “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” artist Green Day released a new album on October 7, titled “Revolution Radio.”  This is the punk rock band’s first album since 2009 to be recorded as a trio and has been in the works since 2014. Apart from some critical reviews, the album is topping charts worldwide in the pop and alternative genre. Some critics say the music does not have a particular direction, much like Green...

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Parker Heights @ Lakeside Icehouse

This Friday, Lake Bryan welcomes Texas country band Parker Heights as a part of their latest tour. The College Station group formerly known as The FM 2865 Band will be performing on October 14 at Lakeside Icehouse to promote their latest album, “Living The Dream,” that was released in February of this year. Parker Heights, the local band that consists of four siblings and a close friend, began its journey in 2008 with their debut album, “Dream Big.” They formed the group in 2001 as a six-member family with the name Cool Water Country and in 2006, changed it...

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CENTURY TREE ENDOWMENT: THE LEGACY OF ACORNS

In 1891, an acorn of a live oak grew into the lush creation we now call the Century Tree. As one of the only types of trees to not only survive, but thrive in the College Station weather, the Century Tree has been a staple on A&M’s campus, standing as a symbol of tradition and longevity. Over 100 years later, a good Ag began a new tradition now known as the Century Tree Endowment. Andy Duffie, class of 1978, began gathering acorns from the Century Tree in 2009 to harvest as smaller live oak trees. “The idea came to me during my class’s 30-year reunion when I saw the tree was laden with acorns,” Duffie said about his collecting and growing process. “I went again in 2010 and 530 acorns sprouted out of the 3,000 harvested.” The proceeds collected from selling the seedlings who were about a year old is what Duffie funds the President’s Endowed Scholarship. Nearly $107,000 was donated toward the last scholarship awarded and Duffie plans to fund others, including study abroad scholarships, in the future. He also makes it a priority to get to know the scholarship recipients to build friendships along with professional relationships. These trees are bought as gifts for engagements, birthdays, graduations, and even memorials. “The Aggie word of mouth has been most effective,” said Duffie. “These trees are now in 14...

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