Rep. Coleman Wants University of Houston in the Big 12
September 1, 2011

With Wednesday’s announcement that Texas A&M is jumping ship and moving to the SEC, the Southeastern Conference, State Representative Garnet Coleman believes the University of Houston should get a close look by the Big 12.

Here’s the statement released by Rep. Coleman. We’ll see what happens.

HOUSTON – Representative Garnet F. Coleman (D-Houston) renewed his call for the University of Houston to be invited to join the Big 12 and issued the following statement upon news of Texas A&M giving notice that it will be leaving the league. With Texas A&M officially announcing that they plan to leave the Big 12, the conference needs at least one other school to remain viable:

“As I have made clear before, no other school makes as much sense for the Big 12 as does the University of Houston.

There is no doubt that Texas A&M’s departure leaves a Texas-sized void in the conference. A&M is a Tier One university, the second largest school in the state, and a university steeped in Texas tradition. While these will be difficult shoes to fill, no other potential candidate will be able to fulfill this role like UH.

Outside of UT and A&M, UH is the only other public Tier One university in the state. It is the flagship university of the state’s largest city and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Along with this comes a giant media market, a potentially huge fan base, and a large amount of alumni itching for UH to finally be able to compete with the country’s best programs. Like the city of Houston itself, UH is a burgeoning and dynamic institution just waiting to vault into the national spotlight.”

Texas A&M Students Blast In State Tuition For Undocumented Students
May 4, 2010

A&M Student Senators Propose Bill Against In-State Tuition for Illegals

COLLEGE STATION, TX — Three student senators at Texas A&M University have introduced a bill in the Student Senate to “oppose measures to give in-state tuition to persons residing in the United States illegally.”

“It’s just isn’t right or fair for illegal aliens to receive in-state tuition, especially when there many out-of-state, legal residents paying more,” said Justin Pulliam, student senator for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Pulliam is one of the three senators introducing the bill.

This past Saturday a few students and former students started a Facebook group entitled “Aggies Against In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens.” It currently has over 1,100 members.

“The outpouring of support for this bill from the student body has been encouraging,” said Steven Crumpley, Off-Campus Student Senator. “But it has also caused quite a stir on campus, which is good. We welcome student input and participation.”

The bill currently has 34 student sponsors. It will be discussed and possibly voted on tonight at 8pm in Rudder 601 at Texas A&M University.

Group Plans To Protest President Obama
September 30, 2009

A few weeks ago, 2 on the Beat informed you that President Barack Obama plans to visit Texas A&M on Friday, October 16th.

President Obama will honor former President George H. W. Bush and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Points of  Light Foundation.

The timing of  the trip falls in the  middle of a national debate on controversial health care reform, and some  Tea Party Groups are making plans to protest against the President.

This is a copy of  a notice posted on the website of a group named “North Houston Tea Party Patriots.”

By ErinInTomball on September 18th, 2009

This may be our best chance to show up in (peaceful) opposition to this President and his administration & policies!  With two Presidents in attendance, security will be extremely tight, but mark your calendar and be prepared to show up if a protest can be arranged.


 If   anti-Obama folks do show up holding signs and yelling against the President’s policies,  there will be lots of national and statewide media to cover the  protest.

On the other hand, with so much anger and the unprecedented number of death threats targeting President Obama, you can bet that the U.S. Secret Service and local law enforcement will do their best to keep the Tea Party Members far away from the event.

2 On the Beat is scheduled to report on the President’s visit.

I will keep you posted on the details and the plans to protest.