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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Cold rain, warm lips at True Aggie Night

By Mikaylie Kartchner

October 9, 2006 | About 200 students gathered Friday, despite off-and-on rain, to smooch their sweetheart, friend or person they just met atop the "A" statute all for the sake of tradition.

The occasion: the semi-annual True Aggie Night, held after the formal Homecoming dance.

The night was cold, with rain falling most of the time. But that didn't deter the students from creating four long lines surrounding the blue-and-white "A" and shuffling through the process of becoming a True Aggie.

"It's part of the college experience," said Cheryl Lloyd, a first-timer at the A.

True Aggiehood has been "part of the college experience" since the construction of the "A" statute in 1916. It was built by a group of young men called the Be-nos for the purpose of kissing girls at midnight, a tradition that kind of stuck.

 

TONSIL HOCKEY: The True Aggie tradition continues
Friday at the "A." / Photos by Mikaylie Kartchner

To become a True Aggie, a person has to kiss another True Aggie at midnight on the A -- or he or she can kiss another person who isn't a True Aggie, but only on Homecoming night or "A" Day.

To make sure the tradition is carried out correctly, the A is guarded by member of the True Aggie patrol, a group of students clad in white sweatshirts marked with a red cross. Besides making sure the integrity of the event remains unspoiled, True Aggie Patrol members also pass out the office's True Aggie membership card that explains the perks of becoming a True Aggie.

And the perks of True Aggiehood are?

"Supposedly I have rights and privileges," Lloyd said. "Don't ask me what they are. Mostly, when people ask me 'Are you a True Aggie' I can say yes."

For Ashley Reeves, her True Aggie experience led to marriage to her husband, Justin.

"It was Oct. 28. Justin asked me to be his True Aggie, and we weren't dating at the time," Reeves said. "We actually got the prize for kissing the longest." Justin and Ashley Reeves were married not too long after.

"Being a True Aggie is good because you get married," said Reeves.

Reeves and her husband return to the "A" every Oct. 28 to relive their True Aggie experience.

Despite the happiness and excitement that seems to float around True Aggie night, there is a certain downside, embraced by some members of the student body.

"I thought it would be more personal," said Lloyd. "Not such a big show."

Another downside for some students is that the True Aggie tradition has over the years developed into other, not so traditional traditions, such as True Blue Aggies.

Becoming one of the True Blue Aggies requires riding the bull statute at the corner of 1000 North and 800 East streets at midnight in the buff. Although not a tradition supported by Utah State, it is commonly heard of and debated among students.

"There's nothing like getting an STD from a steel bull," said Amanda Chester, a freshman majoring in photography. She was against the tradition.

Lloyd felt the same way saying, "I would never do it."

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