The crossed flags of the United States and Texas symbolize allegiance to both nation and state. Alumni Center three times yearly. For decades, though unsanctioned and discouraged by the University, an unofficial tradition among willing students involves "dunking" the newly acquired Aggie Ring.
The Ring is dropped in a pitcher of beer and the student chugs the entire pitcher and catches the Ring in his or her teeth. The Dixie Chicken , among other bars, has been one of the more popular venues for dunking Aggie Rings, though it no longer endorses the activity. In keeping with the idea that all current students and alumni comprise a family, Aggies have created two traditions to honor members of the Aggie family who have died. Aggie Muster is held annually to honor any current students or alumni who died during the previous year, while Silver Taps is held monthly as a special tribute to deceased current students.
According to the Houston Chronicle , "perhaps the best, most meaningful Aggie tradition of all is one you wish never happened. When an Aggie falls, the family comes together to remember.
As the names of the deceased Aggies are called, a family member or friend answers "Here," and lights a candle, to symbolize that although their loved one is not present in body, his or her spirit will shine forever. The first Aggie Muster was held June 26, , seven years after the school opened. Rather than a memorial service, the event was intended as a reunion to allow alumni to gather and remember their college days. In , the gathering was moved to April 21 and became an official school holiday, set aside for the annual cadet track and field competition.
Gatherings would include field games and banquets so Aggies could reflect on their days in Aggieland. The field day events were cancelled in , although alumni were still expected to congregate annually for camaraderie and to remember their fellow Aggies.
When the music begins, students gather in silence in front of the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross at Academic Plaza. Buglers stationed at the top of the Academic Building then play a special rendition of Taps , known as Silver Taps. The song is played three times; once to the north, once to the south, and once to the west.
It is never played to the east, "because the sun will never rise on that Aggie again. Generally, students remain silent until reaching their homes. Members of the Corps have served in every armed conflict fought by the United States since , and over have served as Generals or Flag Officers. They have won the national championship almost every year since their creation in , and have appeared in several Hollywood productions with prominent roles in the movies A Few Good Men and Courage Under Fire.
Members of the Corps are often referred to as "C. While these terms originally stood for "Cadet in Training" and "Band Qualified", respectively, they are more commonly and derisively used to abbreviate "Corps Turd" and "Band Queer".
Freshmen in the Corps are required to "whip out" to upperclassmen. This tradition requires the freshmen to extend their hand and introduce themselves to the upperclassman. From then on, they are expected to know the name of the person to whom they "whipped out. Final review is the last activity that Corps members participate in as a unit.
This full military review takes place at the end of the spring semester on Simpson Drill Field, and is in two parts. The entire Corps march past a reviewing stand, which consists of high-ranking military and university officials, for inspection.
The Corps then returns to their dorms to change into the uniforms they will wear the following year, with the juniors donning their Senior Boots. The freshmen, sophomores, and juniors then march in formation past the reviewing stand, which is now filled with the senior cadets, saluting their former leaders. Some of these maneuvers are so complex, some computer programs used to create marching drills say they cannot be performed because they require two people to be in the same place at the same time.
Since its inception in , its members, known as BQs for Band Qualified or Band Queer ,  eat together, sleep in the same dormitories , and practice up to 40 hours per week on top of a full academic schedule.
The Aggie Band performs at all home football games, some away games, and university and Corps functions throughout the year. Other events in which the band participated include inauguration parades for many United States Presidents and Texas Governors , major annual parades across the country, and the dedication ceremony for the George H.
Aggie football fans call themselves the 12th Man, meaning they are there to support the 11 players on the field. To further symbolize their "readiness, desire, and enthusiasm", the entire student body stands throughout the game. In this hard-fought game, which produced national publicity, an underdog Aggie team was slowly defeating a team which had allowed fewer than six points per game. Bible feared he would not have enough men to finish the game.
At that moment, he called into the Aggie section of the stands for E. King Gill, a student who had left football after the regular season to play basketball. Gill, who was spotting players for a Waco newspaper and was not in football uniform, donned the uniform of injured player Heine Weir and stood on the sidelines to await his turn.
Although he did not actually play in the game, his readiness to play symbolized the willingness of all Aggies to support their team to the point of actually entering the game.
When the game ended in a Aggie victory, Gill was the only man left standing on the sidelines for the Aggies. Gill later said, "I wish I could say that I went in and ran for the winning touchdown, but I did not. I simply stood by in case my team needed me. King Gill stands to the north of Kyle Field to remind Aggies of their constant obligation to preserve the spirit of the 12th Man.
In the s, the tradition was expanded as coach Jackie Sherrill created the 12th Man squad. Composed solely of walk-on nonscholarship players, the squad would take the field for special teams performances.
Slocum , amended the tradition in the s to allow one walk-on player, wearing the No. Once their approval was given, Rusty and Kyle found a manufacturer in New York City through a local distributor in Bryan, Texas, and authorization was given to sell the towels on campus by school management and Chic Sell, who had the concession rights in Kyle Field. The first 1, towels were purchased and delivered in time for the first home game of the college football season.
It was an immediate success, with all towels being sold at the first game. As the football season carried on, the 12th Man Towel continued selling in large quantities. The regular college football season ended with a home game versus the Texas Longhorns.
At that game, a sea of white 12th Man Towels filled the stadium, cheering the Aggies to a victory. Tony Pollacia 15 , a member of the 12th man squad, and his towel-waving antics became legendary. An infuriated Brown tackled Barhorst, earning himself a yard unsportsman-like conduct penalty.
A popular Aggie tradition is that "when the team scores, everybody scores". Consisting of three seniors and two juniors, historically all male, the Yell Leaders are elected to their positions annually by the student body.
While some yells are designed to praise and motivate the team, others exist solely to make fun of the opposing side.
Students practice the yells at Midnight Yell Practice. Held at Kyle Field at midnight the night before a football game, Midnight Yell is similar to a pep rally. This is also done as practice, because Aggies are expected to "mug down", or kiss their dates, every time the football team scores on the field. Aggies practice their yells again after each football game. If the team is victorious, the freshmen in the Corps of Cadets capture the Yell Leaders on Kyle Field and march them across campus to be dunked in Fish Pond.
The most well-known Aggie yell is the simple "Beat the Hell Outta" the opposing school. In writing, this is often abbreviated as BTHO. If a referee call is especially egregious in the minds of the Aggies, the Yell Leaders will call for the "Horse Laugh," a yell that ends with a stadium wide hissing. After each yell, students make a noise and a hand motion that is known as a wildcat. Each class has a separate wildcat, and students caught "pulling out," or using the wildcat of a higher class, are often forced to do pushups as punishment.
Sophomores, symbolically pushing back on the seniors, chant "A! At the same time, the left foot is raised and tucked behind the right knee. The fingers are interlocked rather than covering the right hand so that the Aggie Ring is visible.
The first Reveille, a mixed breed dog , was adopted by students in after they found her on the side of the road. As of , the current mascot is Reveille IX. Reveille accompanies her handlers, members of the E-2 unit of the Corps of Cadets, everywhere, including classes.
Another tradition is that if she chooses to bark in class, that session is cancelled. That caricature, of a rough and tough military man, quickly became used throughout campus.
Only the rusted steel rims from the wooden wheels were showing above ground. Students mounted antique wagon wheels on the axles and brought the gun back to a place of honor in the Quad.
Cadets later restored the gun, which has been fired to celebrate touchdowns since The football team had ended their season with a lopsided defeat to Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game. She proposed to Class Councils the idea to "Maroon Out" Kyle Field for the October 10, rematch against Nebraska by selling a low-cost, high-quality maroon T-shirt. Was it caused by his domineering father, a brain tumor found during an autopsy, or both of the above? Lavergne examines these explanations and others as to why Whitman committed such a terrible deed.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I was in Austin this weekend and one of the places we visited was the University of Texas. In particular, I wanted to see the famous tower where Charles Whitman, a 25 year old student, shot and killed or wounded scores of people on August 1, This was a big deal, and the newspapers were full of details of the shooter and the shot and the police who cornered and killed Whitman.
We walked around the tower and to me it seemed impossible that one man, even with a scoped rifle, could shoot that many people,as well as murdered his wife and mother before his shooting spree. I decided to download a book to read about it - my memory becoming hazy in old age. The Charles Whitman Murders" is a well-written, fairly non-sensational book concentrating on both the personalities and the events of the day.
Lavergne examines the life of Charles Whitman and his family, which was, as we say, dysfunctional. What caused Whiman to He also writes briefly about the victims and a fair amount about the Austin Police response that day. No one was prepared for August 1st in Austin; these shootings have sadly and tragically been upped in number so that today, police and medical units have become pretty good at disaster response.
What was inconceivable then has becom common-place today. The year is a long time ago and my reviewing a book nearly twenty years old may be too late for most, but the book is still in print and still has value. The United States in was a different world. Two-way police radio communications was very limited.
Many of the events of the day are lost to history, buried in myth. The author did his best to sort out fact from myth but there are a few problems. Whitman was neither the first nor the worst school mass murderer in American history. Try Northfield, Minnesota, 7 September when the James Gang was shot to pieces during a botched bank robbery. Or how about Coffeyville, Kansas, 5 October when the Dalton Gang was shot apart during a botched double bank robbery.
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