General Assembly Meetings take place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in Koldus 144. Assembly meetings are open to all graduate students.
See below for the latest from the GSC:
Graduate Student Council Standing Committee applications are now open. If you feel like you have what it takes to serve the graduate and professional student body this coming year please apply to join our team! Due date is April 18th. Committee descriptions, dates, and the interview process are further explained in the application. Please click the following link to download the application http://gsc.tamu.edu/sites/default/files/2014-2015 GSC Executive Committee Application.pdf
Please note: Priority will be given to GSC delegates and representatives.
A New Tradition
Today, not a single yell heard on campus is the same as those created in 1907; some have changed, others created, and still others removed from the repertoire. Many believe that the class wildcats were created in the same period that the yell leader tradition came into being. However, distinct wildcats for each class are relatively new - no more than 50 years old, and perhaps much younger. As can be seen in historical photos at Cushing Memorial Library and as corroborated by former yell leader Hayes Stripling ’46, every student, regardless of academic classification, performed the same wildcat, similar to today’s freshman wildcat, until at least the early 1960’s. Additionally, only freshmen were required to hump-it during yells during the Old Army days.
Perhaps most shocking to current students is the fact, corroborated by yell leader Ted Lowe ’58, that the whoop did not enter the official Aggie lexicon until the 1960’s. Without a whoop, you simply cannot have the junior and senior wildcats of today. An article published in The Battalion in 1974 and reprinted in 1978 speaks only of a single wildcat, indicating the tradition was still evolving at that time. When the singular wildcat began to evolve into class wildcats, the graduate student population was perhaps not large enough, or involved enough, to warrant a separate wildcat. President Hussey said that there were only 32 grad students as late as 1978.
However, times have changed at Texas A&M. Today, our graduate population is a full 20% of the student body, equal in size to every other class, and graduate students are active participants in nearly every facet of the “Other Education.” Yet, this group of Aggies has not been recognized as worthy of its own wildcat.
If each class that moves up in year gains the privilege of earning the next wildcat, why should the graduate students be kept in a perpetual state of senior year, or left with ambiguity about which wildcat to use? Why wouldn’t they also be afforded the acknowledgement of taking the next step in their education? A singular wildcat for all graduate and professional students is the logical outcome.
The Graduate Student Council passed a resolution in September of 2013 to create a distinct wildcat to join with the undergrads in the proud tradition of expressing class pride. This not only will create a sense of identity in graduate students, but also provide a chance to become even more involved in, and take some ownership of, Aggie traditions.
As we celebrate 50 years of inclusion of other races and women, we as graduate students also wish to be included. Some 40 years ago we were still fighting a battle to include non-regs and women in the yell tradition, sometimes with violent and rude results. Why not learn from the past and work to include all Aggies in participation in our traditions in a productive manner?
Today, we can right the wrong of not creating a graduate student wildcat as traditions evolved some thirty years ago. This is an amazing opportunity to work together as Aggies to ensure graduate students are integrated into our Aggie family under an existing tradition, demonstrating to them that our traditions are for all Aggies.
We are not attempting to fracture the student body by creating a separate wildcat for every affinity group, as some have suggested. Instead, we are instilling a sense of Aggie pride and identity in members of an academic classification that is equal in size to the other four. Thanks, and Gig 'em!
Are you interesting in joining an A&M graduate student team for the Aggie Relay For Life this spring? This is a team event where volunteers will walk for an hour at the Penberthy Intramural Fields beginning on Friday April 25th from 7pm- 7am. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.
We are deciding whether to put together a team, based on grad interest. If you would like to express your intent to walk for even an hour, please let us know: