With its beautiful fountain and outdoor stage, Rudder Plaza is one of the busiest places on the Texas A&M campus. If you visit Aggieland when school is in session, you might see representatives from any of our more than 850 student-led organizations holding up a sign or sitting at a table handing out information. Students gather, relax, exercise free speech, run for office, play music, put up displays and much more. From any spot in Rudder Plaza, you can see Rudder Tower - home to the Appelt Aggieland Visitor Center. That's the best place to begin if you are visiting our campus, especially if you want a guided tour from one of our friendly and well trained tour guides. It's also home to the Rudder Theatre Complex, which contains Rudder theatre, forum and auditorium. This is where MSC OPAS (which stands for Opera and Performance Arts Society) provides world-class performing arts to Brazos Valley audiences and the students of Texas A&M. Outstanding productions such as "Chicago," "Blue Man Group" and "Riverdance" have been presented here, and speakers such as President Barack Obama, Presidents George W. and George Herbert Walker Bush, physicist Stephen Hawking and many other notable speakers have appeared here.