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:
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!
Graduate and professional students are an integral part of Texas A&M University and comprise of approximately 20% of the student population as of spring 2013. This year Texas A&M University will participate in the National Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, which will be held April 1st - April 5th. This is a week to recognize graduate and professional students, graduate assistants, research assistants and teaching assistants for all the hard work they do for Texas A&M University and the community. We would like you to help us say thanks to our graduate students for making A&M a great place. We truly appreciate all that they contribute to our campus and our academic environment. The Office of Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services will once again sponsor this week. The following events will take place just for graduate and professional students.
Professional Networking Workshop
Hosted by: The Graduate Student Council
When: April 3, 2013 at 5:30pm
Where: MSC Stark Galleries
Grad Day at Blue Bell Park Baseball Field
Hosted by: The Graduate Student Council
When: Sunday, April 7th
Where: TAMU Baseball field
Time: Game starts at 1:05pm
Tickets will be provided at the baseball field by the Graduate Student Council 45 minutes before the event. This is a family friendly event and we allow one guest per graduate or professional student.
If you are interested in attending this event please complete the Grad Day at Blue Bell Park information form and later in the week we will send a reminder and more information on where to pick up tickets for the game. The 100 tickets will be given out on a first come first served basis so please join us!
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: