Aggie woman tries to run for senior yell leader

POSTED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 4:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- With just a week and a half left until A&M students vote on next year's five yell leaders, one female student is hoping her classmates can put gender aside so she can become a member of one of the most prestigious traditions in College Station.

Texas A&M has been going through a lot of changes lately.

And with a new head coach and conference switch, junior Samantha Ketcham, feels like the time is right to shake up the yell leader tradition.

"I'm trying to run for senior yell leader which here at A&M has been traditionally held by all males, typically members of the Corps of Cadets, so running as a woman kind of goes against the grain a little bit."

Ketcham's campaign is creating a lot of buzz around campus.

Both positive...

"I could see the controversy of, 'oh she's a girl, she's a woman like why is she trying to be a yell leader?' but I think yeah, girl power," said freshman Gianina Gorgona.

And negative...

Corps of Cadet member, Alfredo Tellez-Giron said, "It just seems rather taboo that a woman should run for a position like yell leader. Not that anyone is really for or against it but it just seems like it would feel wrong."

But Ketcham says she won't let anyone change her mind about running because she's not trying to break tradition, just be a part of it.

"Is a tradition really made by the people who've traditionally done it or is it made by the spirit in which it was originally created in? Are they yell leaders because they are five males down on the field or are they yell leaders because they are the most spirited and enthusiastic Aggies that the university has to offer?"

Campaigning kicks off next week, with voting taking place the 27th and 28th.

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