Bears prepare for Texas A&MDepartments elevated to 'school' status
Paint the town green
By Thomas Bartlett
Assistant city editor for The Lariat
When the Aggies go marchin' in, they'll be greeted by green-and-gold paint, dogs in Baylor attire and a herd of screaming students.
Or at least that's what Gannon Sims, a Conroe freshman, hopes will happen when the Texas A&M Corps marches through Waco Saturday.
'We've been brainstorming about ways to get Baylor spirit worked up,' Sims, a Student Congress representative, said. 'I don't have a problem with them marching, but I do have a problem with Baylor students not doing anything back. Of course nothing vindictive, mind you.'
What does he have in mind? Well, Sims said he wants everyone with a collie to dress their dog in Baylor colors and show up Saturday morning at 8 a.m. on Franklin Street, between 26th and 32nd streets, which is where the Corps will be on parade before the football game between Baylor and A&M.
Collies are needed, Sims said, because the Corp's mascot, Reveille, is a collie.
'Reveille is like a god to them,' he said.
The Baylor athletic department is also trying to whip up some pregame excitement. The department has given $3,000 to a program called 'Color the Town,' which is being organized by Fletcher Communications.
'We want them to have a good, green, warm feeling,' John Fletcher, chairman of the Color the Town committee, said.
Fletcher said more than 100 students will paint storefronts in a 'green zone' on I-35 from the campus to Valley Mills Drive and then from the 'Circle' to Waco Drive.
Organizations participating in the painting include Kappa Alpha Theta, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta, Pi Beta Phi, Chi Omega and Tau Kappa Epsilon.
Dee Ann Duke, assistant director of athletic marketing, said the athletic department has wanted to do something like this 'for a couple of years.'
'We provided the money and the manpower,' she said.
'I think the dog idea is really funny, as long as we don't dog-nap or do anything illegal. Students should do anything they can dream up,' Duke said.
Sims said he is trying to contact a local kennel club to get collies.
'I think Baylor students are enthusiastic but they're a little apathetic about this because it hasn't been done before,' he said.
Wednesday, October 18, 1995
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