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Texas A&M junior Marquis Alexander poses for a photograph by the Corps Arches, the entry point to the Corps of Cadets residence halls, on the A&M campus, Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in College Station, Texas. Alexander has been appointed to Corps Commander, the top leadership position for the A&M Corps of Cadets, for the next year. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

Texas A&M Cadets to be led by 1st black commander

Nearly a half-century after African-Americans were admitted to predominantly white Texas A&M University, a black student has finally reached the pinnacle of one of its signature organizations. Marquis Alexander next school year will become commander of A&M's Corps of Cadets, a high-profile post that involves establishing the cadets' dress codes for their military-style uniforms and setting their daily schedule, including physical training that can begin before dawn, Apr. 12