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Reveille VIII retiring; search is on for new first lady of Aggieland

After seven years of service as the Texas A&M University mascot, Reveille VIII will retire at the end of the spring semester.

The university announced Thursday that the 8-year-old collie from Topeka, Kansas, originally nicknamed Kelly, will be cared for at the Stevenson Companion Animal Life-Care Center on campus, where she will continue to interact with the community for the rest of her days. Her medical needs will be met by university veterinarians.

Interim Texas A&M President Mark A. Hussey asked Tom Reber, interim vice president for student affairs, to form a 12-member committee to begin an immediate nationwide search for the new first lady of Aggieland.

Reveille made her official debut as mascot at the 2008 season opening game against Arkansas State at Kyle Field and has been described as mellow, docile and a diva by handlers

The American Kennel Club in 2009 ranked Reveille No. 2 on its list of the top 10 dogs in pop culture between Snoopy at No. 1 and Scooby-Doo at No. 3.

NFL scout on Jameis Winston: He is a ‘fraud’

Jameis Winston’s immature behavior is costing him in the eyes of NFL scouts.

Since the widely publicized sexual assault allegations he faced last year, Winston has continued to display poor behavior.

The Heisman Trophy winner was cited in April for stealing crab legs at a grocery store. He was suspended this week for the first half of Florida State’s game vs. Clemson because of an obscene phrase he yelled in the middle of campus. It also has been revealed that he stole soda and acted disrespectfully at a Burger King in July, 2013. He was also investigated in 2012 for his involvementin a BB gun fight that resulted in broken windows at an apartment complex.

What’s interesting is that Winston always seems to say the right thing to the public in his press conferences, and then he goes out and behaves like a complete imbecile. The quarterback’s tendency to say the right thing and act like a jerk when the media is not around led one NFL scout to call him a “fraud.”

Speaking in light of Winston’s suspension for yelling the obscenity this week, an NFL area scouttold NFL Network’s Albert Breer that the incident will hurt the QB in the eyes of scouts.

“It’ll hurt him significantly,” the area scout told Breer. “Especially with all the stuff going on in the league. This may force him to stay another year to clean up his image. He’s a fraud. You can’t believe anything he says, because he keeps doing the same things over and over. In my mind, there are night-and-day differences between (Johnny) Manziel’s and his character concerns. Winston has some serious issues.”

Winston was projected to possibly be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft if he left school following the season. You have to wonder if he has scared away some teams with all the allegations he’s faced.

Klyde Warren Park: From Freeway to Greenway Aerial Video

We’re about a month away from finding out if the Klyde Warren Park is this year’s recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award. The honor, now in its fifth year, will be doled out at the ULI’s annual fall meeting in New York, where Dallas’ deck park is vying for the prize along with Columbus Commons and Scioto Mile in Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa’s Guthrie Green; The Railyard Park and Plaza in Santa Fe; and Cincinnati’s Washington Park. If the downtown deck park wins, it’ll be Dallas’ first nod since the award’s inception.

To commemorate the occasion of the nomination, CBRE executive vice president Phil Puckett had SkyLVL bust out the drone to film this sky-high look-see at the deck park. Says W. Ross Cromartie via email it was shot on August 23 and five nights later, during the monthly Decks in the Park dance party.

“This video was a gift from [Puckett] to the park, with the intent to show off our city’s great new asset for all,” says Cromartie via email. “The project was definitely pushed forward by the ULI nomination, and we are all rooting for Klyde Warren to win the award.”

Texas A&M – Shake it off

Too cool.

Published on Sep 4, 2014
We told strangers to do their favorite dance for just 5 seconds.

This was filmed at the Memorial Student Center on Texas A&M’s campus with no music whatsoever. They had no idea what song it was going to be until after they danced to it!

Thanks again to James Belcher for helping us get people to dance, as well as Taylor Swift for making this awesome song!

Editor – Ryan Brainard

Stranger Finder/Camera Man – Andres Pascal

Gig ‘em Aggies! WHOOP!