Overcrowding at Texas A&M has been taking a toll. Students can no longer comfortably register for classes or park in Lot 100, and worst of all it is nearly impossible to sit alone in campus dining facilities. Students blame the administration for bringing in larger and larger freshman classes with initiatives like Blinn Team and 25 x 25.
One senior has risen from simply complaining about the situation and is now taking matters into his own hands. Collin Barth, a sixth-year Ag Leadership and Development major is tired of campus being packed with so many students. He has been an Aggie his entire life, born to the tune of the Aggie War Hymn and he only applied to the University of Texas as a joke.
“My love for this university has driven my desire to save this campus from overpopulation. There are simply too many underclassmen at this university and the number is only growing every year- people need to leave,” said Barth. “When I began my education here there was plenty of room to hump it at football games. Now I almost have to hump those around me just to participate in a yell.”
Barth can be found protesting in Rudder Plaza between classes, holding signs such as “A&M GIVE US ROOM” and “OLD ARMY IS DEAD.”
“I don’t think we are the problem at all. It’s those Liberal Arts and Business Majors who take forever to graduate that cause overcrowding,” said Freshman Engineering major Amy Maddox. “I mean, everyone can understand super senior engineering majors. Our degree is just so much more challenging that we can’t finish in four years.”
“Statistically, seniors- especially those taking their time- make up the smallest portion of students. Freshman and sophomores make up the bulk of the undergraduate population and culling their numbers would provide a benefit to the entire student body,” said Barth.
Barth himself is making a sacrifice and missing class to ensure his message is spread. He is so dedicated in fact, that now he must stay for a seventh year to make up for being set back with the protest.
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