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2000 - Now

Muster ’02 Almost 11,000 Aggies attended the on-campus Muster. Governor Rick Perry ’72 was the Muster speaker and his theme was "Unity through the Aggie Spirit." Perry singled out George Schriever ’69, his cadet commanding officer, and co-pilot during part of Perry’s service with the USAF as an example of what the Aggie Spirit is all about. Schriever died two weeks ago. He also recognized and honored the 283 former students from the class of 52 as they celebrated their 50th reunion and the 1, 191 Aggies who have made the supreme sacrifice in the defense of our nation. "They sacrificed their dreams for ours," Perry said. "In a world where we are taught to look out for number one, A&M teaches us to look out for others. The values taught at A&M transcended time." (The Battalion, April 22, 2002)

 
1960 - 1979

In the fall of 1960, the distinctive Army branch insignia was replaced by the Office of the Commandant with a design developed by the cadets. The new Corps-wide "Corps Brass carried in Latin scroll the motto "Per Unitatem Vis" - Through Unity, Strength. The new president (James Earl Rudder) urged the Corps leadership to take the new motto to heart in order to meet the challenges facing them on campus: "I want you to guide the freshmen with common sense - not hazing." (Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876-2001, by John A Adams, Jr, class of ’73)

 
1940 - 1959

"I’m not ashamed in the least to admit that one of the best and finest things a coach does is to develop character," said former Aggie head coach Homer Norton. Harry Stiteler, an Aggie QB in 1930, an assistant under Norton in 1947, and later the head coach at A&M said after Norton was fired for not winning in 1947, "If they had left Coach Norton alone, he would have been back in there winning. The man had enough honor about himself to honor the scholarship of every one of those boys who went into the service (WWII). Some of them could no longer play college football, but he refused to take away their scholarships." (The Twelfth Man, A Story of Texas A&M Football, by Wilbur Evans and H. B. McElroy)

 
1920 - 1939

In 1919, the Corps consisted of 1383 cadets. During the following two decades, this number grew to over 5500 in 1939. (Keepers of the Spirit: The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University, 1876-2001, by John A Adams, Jr, class of ’73)

 
1900 - 1919

When the first catalogue for A&M was published it simply said the admission policy was for only male students 14 years or older. Because A&M was considered a military school and few women in that day pursued a college degree, A&M was generally accepted as an all-male school. It wasn’t until 1915, almost 50 years later, that the board of directors formally instituted a policy to exclude women from the regular sessions at the college. (TAMU, A Pictorial History, 1876-1996 Henry Dethloff)

 
1880 - 1899

In the 1880’s traditions at A&M were pretty much non-existent. However, a strong sense of loyalty was developing. Cadet company and class rivalry were already noted and forming the foundation of what would become know as the Aggie Spirit while laying the basis for traditions that would follow. An Association of Ex Students convened in 1880. The primary on campus "tradition" during those early years seemed to be an event called "Keg-Rolling." Because Bryan had 14 or 15 saloons, an average of two per block, and "incidental gunplay" visits to the growing town required permission from the A&M president. The enterprising cadets, however, would manage to get into Bryan without permission and haul a keg of beer back to A&M. Hiding it, in what passed at the time for woods, they would later hold a secret, prohibited beer bust. (TAMU, A Pictorial History 1876-1996, Henry Dethloff)