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Sibling Rivalry

Sept. 20, 1996

By Anna Hogue

Lariat Reporter

Parent's Weekend is a time for families to come together, but sometimes the green and gold of Baylor can make family members see Sooner red.

Unfortunately, not all family members of University students have 'seen the light' when it comes to Baylor school spirit. For some University students, school rivalry is not limited to the distance between Waco and College Station, but it is found within their own family.

Andy Stover, a Houston senior, said his whole family went to the University of Oklahoma, his brother is a student there now and his grandfather played football for OU.

'They are all pitted against me,' said Stover. 'They are all coming down for the Baylor--OU game, so if I sit with them, I'll be one green amongst a sea of red.'

Stover is not the only student who is proud to wave his green and gold despite family opposition.

'My dad's whole side of his family went to A&M,' said Keith Patteson, a Lampasas senior. 'I have two uncles who played in the Cotton Bowl, my cousin was an officer in the Aggie Core and so was my dad, so it was assumed that I would there too.'

Patteson said that at first Texas A&M University was the only place that he applied, but then he chose to go to Baylor instead.

'I had relatives sending me Aggie bucks in the mail, and some wouldn't even speak to me,' said Patteson.

Patteson said that his family has accepted that he is true to the green and gold, but he knows who pays for his college, so he said he tries not to mention A&M's losses in football, no matter how tempting it may be.

Lori Rucksdashel, a Houston sophomore, followed in her parents' footsteps and chose 'good ol' BU,' but her brother heard the Aggies calling him.

'My brother is the first person in our family history to not go to Baylor,' Rucksdashel said.

She said that her grandfather lettered at the University and really gives her brother a hard time.

'Last year when my brother came to the BU--A&M game, he was decked out in A&M clothes and went into the letterman's lounge with my grandfather,' Rucksdashel said.

'My grandfather and all of his football buddies really gave him a hard time,' she said.

Then there are those students who are dedicated to the University but have a soft spot for their parents' alma mater too.

'My dad was on the '57 National Championship basketball team at the University of North Carolina and played football there,' said Rachel Ruth Lotz, a Raleigh, N.C., senior. 'I grew up going to every sporting event at UNC, and I still go.'

Lotz, who has two older siblings who graduated from the University, said that she loves the University and she thinks her dad even wishes that he went to school here.

'He wears more Baylor shirts than UNC shirts,' Lotz said. 'Of course, as far as sports go, Dad thinks Baylor looks like a pee-wee league compared to UNC.'

When it comes to sharing clothes and watching television, sibling rivalry is commonplace, but when siblings attend different colleges, sibling rivalry sometimes turns into sibling war.

'My twin sister goes to A&M and she just sent me a picture of bonfire and wrote me a letter that said, 'Only 32 more days 'til we kick your butt!',' said Bill Bennett, a College Station freshman.

Bennett said that his sister is the one who starts all of the arguments.

'She's the typical spirited-Aggie type,'Bennett said. 'They brainwashed her at fish camp and I had to spend hours trying to get all that crap out of her head.'

Of course, there all always the siblings who attend different colleges but do not get caught up in the whole rivalry.

'My twin brother goes to LSU [Louisiana State University], but there's not much rivalry between us about our schools,' said Mary Floyd, a Houston senior. 'He's my best friend in the whole world -- it's really ridiculous how close we are.'

Floyd said that she and her brother both went against her dad's wishes by not going to the University of Mississippi.

'My dad is a die-hard Ol' Miss fan and he saw my brother and I as his last hope since we were the last two kids,' Floyd said.

Sandra Hackett, a Memphis, Tenn. junior, has a twin that attends another college but said rivalry is not a problem.

'My sister goes to Union, a small school in Tennessee, and she actually thinks Baylor is better and wishes she went to school here,' said Hackett.

Although not all family members of Baylor students have jumped on the Baylor bandwagon, hands uplifted in a bear claw yelling 'Sic 'em Bears!', most University students will agree that blood is thicker than school colors...even when the colors are maroon and white.

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