Aggies Have the Ultimate Playground for Any Fitness Enthusiast

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On the College Life page in the April issue of M&F (available on newsstands now) we spotlight the third largest college in the nation, Texas A&M University. We’re going to give you a closer look at the college campus whose recreational facilities provide a way for anyone to be fit.

A Training Tradition

At an enrollment of 58,000+ students, Texas A&M embodies the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas.” The senior military college boasts a Student Recreation Center, which after renovations will be 480,000 square feet in 2016. Within it, the strength and conditioning space will expand to 37,000 square feet, complete with more than 100 smart cardio machines, a full personal training suite, and an indoor turf area for plyometrics, TRX, battle ropes, and other functional training tools. Overall, the Aggies tend to favor expansion.

“We’ve been aggressive in acquiring facilities our students ask for,” says Dennis Corrington, executive director of recreational sports. “There’s a tradition of being physically active, dating back to before 1963, when ROTC was mandatory.”

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But wait there are more expansions. Texas A&M is adding three more fitness studios to make their total number of fitness classes offered more than 108. The university is also adding a new eight-lane pool in 2016.

With 20 NCAA Division I-A varsity sports and nearly 2,500 Corps of Cadets members, an important selling point for Texas A&M is that the campus facilities are offered to everyone. There’s indoor soccer, volleyball, and badminton courts and an indoor rock climbing wall with nine top routes. The Aggies love their recreational sports too.

“We offer 29 different events in intramurals and more than 14,000 students participate,” says Corrington. “We have 34 club sports with about 25,000 participants.”

In terms of campus community involvement and outreach, Texas A&M offers a Healthy Living Lecture Series each semester, a program designed to educate students about a variety of health and wellness topics.

“The healthy living lecture series is free and any student, faculty, or staff at A&M can attend,” says Jerod Wilson, Department of Recreational Sports Director of strength and conditioning. “Topics range from eating healthy on a low budget, to practical and efficient strength and conditioning workouts to being smart and staying safe during spring break and more.”

Whether you’re one a Cadet, varsity athlete or weekend warrior, Texas A&M has something for you to have fun while breaking a sweat.

“Our most recent data indicate 92% of students participate in recreational sports facilities, programs and services,” says Wilson. “Every student can find something active to be involved in.”

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Stands Up For The Rights Of Everyone In The Face Of Horrible Discriminatory Legislation — Read His Powerful Words HERE

There are some seriously awful pieces of legislation that are being proposed all over the country these days.

Recently, in Arkansas, employees now can refuse service to a person on religious grounds, and no other reason. In Texas, legislation was proposed that would strip employees of their salaries and benefits simply for issuing same-sex marriage licenses, no matter what the Supreme Court has to say.

[ Related: Tim Cook Will Donate His Fortune Bill Gates-Style! ]

Well, Apple CEO Tim Cook was raised in the south during the civil rights era, and he’s making sure his voice is heard. The exec penned a column in the Washington Post where he made it clear that Apple will accept anyone and everyone because nondiscrimination is why people came to America in the first place.

Cook started by acknowledging, “There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.”

We could paraphrase what he said, but the way that Tim laid it all out, literally in black and white, is so powerful that you should read it for yourself:

“These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality…

I have great reverence for religious freedom. As a child, I was baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. I was never taught, nor do I believe, that religion should be used as an excuse to discriminate…

Men and women have fought and died fighting to protect our country’s founding principles of freedom and equality. We owe it to them, to each other and to our future to continue to fight with our words and our actions to make sure we protect those ideals. The days of segregation and discrimination marked by “Whites Only” signs on shop doors, water fountains and restrooms must remain deep in our past. We must never return to any semblance of that time. America must be a land of opportunity for everyone.

This isn’t a political issue. It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous.”

It’s hard to believe that there are people who are still so ignorant that they can’t see who people decide to love doesn’t make them any different than anyone else.

We hope Tim’s words will help others be courageous and stand up for equality.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 [w/videos]

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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter gets added capability for the 2015 model year with the addition of a four-wheel-drive system. We put the big van through its paces on and off road in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

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United Arrows & Sons x adidas ZX Flux “Indigo”

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United Arrows & Sons x adidas ZX Flux “Indigo”

words // Darren Griffin: Much of what we see from adidas as it relates to the ZX Flux comes in the form of inline releases. None of which is problematic considering how many great variations the shoe we’ve seen in such a short lifespan. However, though, as of late there seems to be a spike […]

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Eleven Paris x Brice Partouche Jeans Collection

High-street French retailer Eleven Paris joins forces with Brice Partouche of April 77 on a collection of jeans and an accompanying campaign. Drawing on Partouche’s design expertise, the two worked in the APRIL77 creative studios, fine-tuning the Eleven Paris jeans until both parties were completely satisfied with the results. Everything from fabrics, washes and labels, to cuts, buttons and patches has been considered, alongside cultural topics like music, independent cinema and rock icons. The result is denim that gets back to the essentials – no unnecessary flourishes to the cuts or colors; available in boyfriend, 7/8 skinny, slim and short for her, and for him, slim, skinny, and regular cuts.

Look for the collection now at Eleven Paris boutiques.

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Watch Rihanna Perform Her New Single, “BBHMM,” For The First Time

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Last night, the iHeartRadio Awards aired on NBC, and among several performances by the biggest stars in the Pop world was Rihanna performing her new single, “B*tch Better Have My Money,” for the first time ever. Rih Rih channeled her inner Lil’ Kim, hopping out of a helicopter draped head to toe in tight black garb and a lush green fur, mirrored by her thigh high heel boots–not to mention, shades of the same color–and brought her new single to her life with her woes (background dancers).

Check out the clip above, and let us know what you think. Is this a suitable follow-up to “FourFiveSeconds?” Or does Rihanna need to go back to the drawing board?

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