November 25, 2002 |
With a burst of flame answered by a deafening roar from the crowd, an unsanctioned Texas A&M University bonfire sprang to life Sunday night, rekindling a tradition on hold since a deadly collapse that killed 12 people in 1999. A group of current and former A&M students calling themselves Unity Project unofficially resurrected the event. "It's great to have it come back," said sophomore Samuel Rogers, 24.
November 19, 1999 |
With a loud crack like a snapped tree trunk, a 40-foot tower of logs for a history-drenched bonfire collapsed early Thursday, crushing at least 11 Texas A&M students to death and injuring 28 other, four of them critically. All the victims had been on the structure, helping to build it. University officials said they didn't know the cause of the disaster, the first on such a scale in the 90 years since the A&M bonfire became a tradition.
November 21, 1999 |
Friends and families began burying their dead Saturday as Texas A&M University struggled to cope with the bonfire tower collapse that killed 12 people and injured 27. About 1,000 people attended the funeral service for Nathan Scott West, a 19-year-old sophomore oceanography major who was killed in the Thursday morning accident. "Why does tragedy happen to good people who are going about doing good for others?" asked the Rev. Mark Young. " . . .
November 4, 1991 |
In a year in which sexual harassment has jumped into the headlines, the Aggies of Texas A & M University find themselves in an uncomfortable spot: front and center. The corps of cadets of A & M, long the symbol of this sprawling campus, is under university investigation over allegations that male cadets denigrate and harass the small number of women who have joined the corps. John Sherman, the top-ranking member of the corps, likens the investigation to being under a microscope.
June 17, 2000 |
Texas A&M University announced Friday that the Thanksgiving bonfire ritual held since 1909 will not resume until 2002 and said the student-run project, a beloved football tradition marred by tragedy last November, will be dramatically scaled down and subject to close professional supervision. The announcement by A&M President Ray Bowen comes seven months after last year's bonfire preparations ended in disaster. A 59-foot-high stack of heavy logs collapsed before dawn on Nov.
May 4, 1991 |
President Bush has decided to locate his presidential library at Texas A&M University, an Administration official said Friday. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater said the library will be constructed on the College Station, Tex., campus. The University of Houston and Rice University in Houston also were considered. Fitzwater said Bush decided on Texas A&M after "an extensive" review of the proposals by Don Wilson, the archivist of the United States.
November 22, 1999 |
Classmates, families and friends gathered in churches Sunday, quietly sobbing and praying for the 12 people killed when a four-story pyramid of logs collapsed at Texas A&M University. At A&M United Methodist Church, a youth minister recited the names of the dead. A man and a woman lit 12 small white candles. Tim Kerlee Jr., who often attended the church, was one of the victims. Local, state and federal officials planned to meet today to map out an investigation strategy.
December 5, 1999 |
Two of the 12 killed in the collapse of the Texas A&M University bonfire pile were legally drunk, prompting an investigation by the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Toxicology reports released Friday show the blood-alcohol levels of two male students killed in the Nov. 18 accident exceeded the legal limit, the Bryan-College Station Eagle and the Dallas Morning News reported. The level for one student was nearly four times the 0.08 threshold, the newspapers said.
August 28, 2001 |
The worst-injured survivor of the Texas A&M bonfire collapse returned to campus Monday almost two years after he was pinned under the fallen logs. John Comstock, 21, began the school year Monday with a business math class. It follows a long road to recovery, including surgery and months of intensive physical therapy. Comstock's left leg was amputated below the knee and he is partly paralyzed. "I want to get on with being a regular college student," said Comstock, a biomedical sciences major.