Aneel Henry

SportzBuzz, Jr. – September 2013

September 1st, 2013

Welcome to the first SportzBuzz, Jr., a new column spotlighting neighborhood athletes in elementary and middle school.

This month, we’re all about West University Little League.

12-year-old National All-Stars
West University’s National All-Stars played Post Oak in the 12-year-old championship. In this photo, West U’s number 10, Peter Bambace, was quick on his feet, slinging the baseball to …

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Little League playoffs

July 26th, 2013
(Photo: Kevin Long, Gulf Coast Shots)

The West University Junior Little League All-Stars came from behind July 23 in an exhilarating game to defeat Rose Capital East in Tyler. The team had to play and defeat Rose Capital East again to advance to the Southwest Regional Tournament. They pulled off the double wins in back-to-back games for the state championship and are now headed to Albuquerque, …

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Summertime, The Livin’s Easy

May 28th, 2011

BEEP BEEP BEEP. I smashed the snooze button on my alarm again, taking comfort in the loud crunch as my clock fell of my bedstand. It’s just too early. I was finally awoken by the sound of the taco truck that drives down my street at 3 pm everyday. I grudgingly pulled myself from my warm cocoon, removed the many …

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A Blast From The Past

April 21st, 2011

Backstreet Boys. “Baby one more time” An instant classic and one I’m not ashamed of singing in my earlier days. Toy Story (the first and best one). Oregon Trail. Reading Goosebumps. Beanie Baby collections. Green Day (back when they actually had talent). There are so many awesome things born in and subsequently murdered in the 90′s (except for Britney Spears …

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Divide and Conquer

April 21st, 2011

I was minding my own business, trying to  read some supremely captivating  400 page book about the state of Indian Ocean trade in the twelfth century, when the sudden and surely unwelcome telltale Ding-Ding of a text message rudely interrupted. “Yo, Thursday nights at Jack’s let’s do it.” I groaned in dissapointment at the unwelcome message and curtly responded “No, …

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The Night of the Living Dead: College Edition

November 3rd, 2010

Halloween on a college campus is no different from the ordinary American neighborhood celebration. Hah, just kidding. Halloween on a college campus has evolved (or some might say devolved) from the standard dress up and trick-or-treat number. You still see the costumes, the candy, and the pumpkins, but not exactly under the same circumstances. It’s more like costume-parties, liver damaging …

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Parent’s Weekend

October 25th, 2010

Overfilled dumpsters stuffed to the brim with trash bags. Laundry rooms with waiting lines. People actually ironing and folding their clothes.  All of these are clear signs of impending “Parent’s Weekend.” It’s Vanderbilt’s two-day window with which they must convince all of their sponsors (a.k.a. parents) that their 52,000 dollar a year investment is worthwhile. That’s a lot of pressure …

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“Best Race at Soccer” Title

October 7th, 2010

“One black, Two black, were all black so get ready for the SMACK.” “Lambda Gamma play band and stomp the fans.” The 6’4” African-American captain of the BSA (Black Student Union) shook hands with the 5’3” over-energetic baton-twirler captain of the Lambda Gamma (band fraternity) team. I walked onto the field as the coin to choose sides was flipped, and …

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Skullcandy, Sephora, and Silly Bands

September 14th, 2010

I always do a double take when I walk past them. The one’s wearing the sky blue fitted Yankees hat not because they like the Yankees but because the light blue matches their teal Sea Crystal Nike SB’s. Or the guy’s who look like they walked up to the ridiculously prepped up and accessorized Lacoste mannequin and bought everything on …

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Don’t be That Guy

September 2nd, 2010

Nobody wants to be “that guy”. You know, the one who friends every single kid in the “Freshman 2014 University” Facebook group. Or the guy who knocks on your door and tries to get you to attend the “mandatory” hall meetings in your dorm. Yeah, they’re the college horror stories you hear about with the college freshman curled up in …

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Peer Pressure

August 1st, 2010

“Dude check this tat.” He reached for his stomach, and instead of lifting his shirt, he started unbuckling his belt. I cautiously took a step back, unsure of what he was about to do, and looked around the hazy frat house basement. Flashing multicolored strobe lights, chest-thumping dubstep, and fist-pumping ragers collided on the dance floor, a hot pit of …

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Rommates Continued

July 6th, 2010

I simultaneously tossed the purple Banana Republic shirt behind me onto my bed and jumped in front of it, casually leaning on the mattress. “Watsup man.” I turned my head and found myself face to face with my new roommate. We had been playing phone tag the entire summer but I’d only spoken to him once. We immediately sized each …

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July 1st, 2010

“Zhong Xiang Sun.” I stared at my sheet, my heart still thumping in my chest as my mind raced through the possibilities. Who was this kid? How’s my next nine months going to be? Should I have chosen a roommate instead? Can he speak English? All the natural trepidation that uncontrollably floods a rising college freshman’s mind sent my mind …

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First College Party

June 28th, 2010

Beer fountain. Slip n’ slide. Chest-thumping bass. Maybe some hot girls wrestling in strawberry Jello. After watching Animal House you can’t blame me for expecting at least the first three on my list, although I will admit, the fourth was more wishful thinking. I took a deep breath, puffed my chest out, and strutted off the Vandy Van (the campus …

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Freshman Fifteen

June 23rd, 2010

“O.M.G. I knoowww I’m going to be sooo fat.” “I HAVE to stop eating, the freshman 15 is setting in and it’s only been two weeks!” I shook my head and elbowed my roommate, Sean, and we proceeded to burst out laughing.  He gave me that knowing grin and we walked up to the counter. “I’ll take the triple cheeseburger, …

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