Author: Kaitlyn Trei

TEXAS GRAND SLAM

by Kaitlyn Trei It’s that time of the year again, the 5th annual Texas Grand Slam Poetry festival is coming to town and it’s definitely something you do not want to miss. For the past five years, the Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival has been an event where, for one weekend out of the year, people gather for two days to hear all types of poetry from around the Lone Star State. Located in the BCS area, 42 poets will compete for the title of Texas Grand Slam Poetry Champion and $1200 as the grand prize. Day one of the competition is on October 9, and will serve as the preliminary round. In this round, all 42 poets will be separated into three groups and preform at different venues in the Bryan area. Fourteen will preform at the Revolution Café and Bar, fourteen at The Village Downtown, and fifteen at The Palace Theater. Before the preliminary round, poets will be randomly drawn for their order. The poets will then be called up one by one to read a single three-minute poem and once that round is over, the second round will consist of one-minute readings. The contestants will then be ranked and the seven with the least amount of points will be asked to step down from the competition. The semi-final round will commence the same night allowing the...

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Awarding Excellence

by Kaitlyn Trei The story of H-E-B began in the small Texas town of Kerrville where a woman named Florence Butt invested $60 in the business. After fifteen years of work, she hands the business over to her son Howard E. Butt where he would lead the company to become one of the largest grocery chains in the nation. In the hundred and five years that H-E-B has been in business, the company has had many great leaders, one of those being President and Chief Operating Officer, Craig L. Boyan. Graduating from Harvard (Cum Laude) in Economics and was a member of the Harvard Crew; he then went on to Columbia Business School where he received his MBA. Boyan joined H-E-B in 2005 as Chief Strategic Officer after serving as an advisor with the company for two years before joining. Craig keeps busy by being a member of the Board of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the Board of Trustees for Texas Biomedical Research Institute. He serves on the Board of Trinity University, UT Health Science Center and Wellness Coalition along with being Chairman of the Board for Junior Achievement of South Texas and General Campaign Chair for the 2015 United Way Campaign. It comes with no surprise that Craig L. Boyan will be receiving the McLane Leadership in Business award that is given annually to a man...

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Color Up 5K

   by Kaitlyn Trei 5Ks, half marathons, marathons and everything in-between have been all the rage in recent years, especially in college towns. Its an easy way to get involved and help your community, but running in a 5K is no easy feat and often times it can be very intimidating going up against an experienced runner. However, in the Color Up 5K, the intimidation factor seems to be missing. Based in Texas, the Color Up 5K is a race where, instead of just running to the finish line, you get a party! With the four stations throughout the race, each runner will receive different colors made out of dyed cornstarch to toss into the air. With the option of running, jogging, walking, or skipping, runners are sure to enjoy themselves no matter how they get through the race. As if having fun with your friends wasn’t enough, the Color Up 5K uses the money raised to help local charities for the hosting community. The Color Up 5K comes to College Station for a party at Wolf Pen Creek on October the 2. However, there’s an exciting twist to this race—it will be in the dark! That’s right, every runner will dress up in their favorite white and neon clothes and instead of four stations of cornstarch color, there will be four stations of parties! Throughout the race, there...

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TOP PICK

   by Kaitlyn Trei Bryan-College Station has become the regional hub for Texas country, so it comes to no surprise that a competition like the Texas Music Pickers TOP PICK is hosted at the Grand Stafford Theater in Bryan. For those of you who don’t already know, the Texas Music Pickers TOP PICK competition is between numerous artists in the Bryan/College Station area with a focus in country, Americana, roots, folk, and various other genres of music that would strike a chord on the Texas music charts. TOP PICK is an annual competition where artists are asked to submit a four-minute live video showcasing their talents in the hopes of being one of 20 contestants to move on into the competition. If chosen, contestants go to the preliminaries, and then it is narrowed down to ten for the finals where they choose the final three. In every round, contestants are asked to preform original songs to test their ability in not only performing and singing, but in songwriting and producing. The final round of the Texas Music Pickers TOP PICK competition is going to be held Friday, September 25 at the Grand Stafford Theater where three people will be named first, second and third place of the famous local competition. Of course, with a winner comes a prize so one lucky winner will receive $500 cash, a recorded single...

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Good Hair is back in Season

Football season is well underway in Aggieland and women of all ages are flocking to local boutiques and hair salons to get the perfect look for Aggie game day. In a semi-small town like Bryan/College Station, it’s hard to find good trustworthy places to get your hair done for these special occasions. Lucky for us, the first blow dry bar in the BCS area has opened up on September 4—North Hair Design Studio & Spa. Now what is a blow dry bar you might ask? A blow dry bar’s sole purpose is to style hair while leaving the job...

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