Since I tried a little satire in good college rivalry fun and claimed that Texas A&M is a cult, I decided to do a little research.
Of course the first place I turned to was The Google, and as I typed in “Texas A&M is” – well, “texas a&m is a cult” displayed in the search list with 53,300 results.
Within those results was a 2003 article in The Daily Utah Chronicle by Chris Bellamy titled “Cult! Fear and loathing in College Station.”
The article is about his visit to Aggieland and it parodies the intense school spirit and tradition on Texas A&M’s campus.
A few days later, the newspaper posted a follow up article about the reaction of the “Cult! Fear and loathing in College Station” article. Here’s how it starts off . . .
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, The Chronicle ran a sports column by Chris Bellamy titled “Cult! Fear and loathing in College Station,” a parody of the intense school spirit on Texas A&M’s campus.
It didn’t take long before the column circulated all the way to Texas A&M, and students and alumni began responding by the dozens. Chris has received more than 200 e-mails so far-almost all of which came from people in Texas.
The responses were varied. Many current and former A&M students were very positive about it, and found it funny. Some were quite offended, while others had mixed feelings.
The paper included several responses in that follow up article, but if you want to read more of the responses, check out this link where the first four to five pages contains responses to the article.