OP-ED: Do students really care about tradition?

Joseph Kamin, Editor in Chief

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Students at Tarleton State University possess an amazing amount of pride for their university. This is not simply pride in the university itself, the pride stems from many aspects of the university. Students love the faculty, the hometown feel, the school, the core values of the university and more than all, tradition.

However, this love for tradition is fickle.

If you asked a student which tradition they loved the most, it would more than likely be Homecoming week activities, not walking on the Seal, Midnight Madness, Silver Taps, Duck Camp, Purple Poo, not walking on the grass and Purple Thursdays.

There is nothing wrong with any of these traditions, in fact, some of those traditions are my personal favorite traditions. But there are scores of additional traditions that go unnoticed by students.

A perfect example would be May Fete. This was a tradition that nearly no students went to, or even cared about until Dr. Laura Boren, the Vice President of Student Affairs, proposed some changes to the event. After the changes were proposed, students were in an uproar. There was even a hashtags made on twitter to bash Boren over these proposed changes. But the fact of the matter is, no students cared about this tradition until it was going to be changed. Regardless of whether you agree with the proposed changes, it was an event that was not cared about.

Another example would be JTAC News. Next year, JTAC will be celebrating its centennial celebration. JTAC has been around for 100 years, yet a vast majority of the students could not tell you the difference between JTAC News and Texan News Service. However, if JTAC was at risk of being closed, the student body would take to twitter to voice their opinion about how the administration does not respect tradition and how they’re tyrants for removing traditions.

At least, I hope they would be vocal about JTAC. This piece isn’t about me complaining about wishing more students actually knew what JTAC was and read it. But its hypocritical for students to preach about love for tradition, while one of the oldest traditions on campus isn’t even read by a majority of the student population.

If Tarleton students truly loved traditions, they would love all traditions. They would attend May Fete, pick up a JTAC, pick up a Grassbur, Vote on the Student Body President, actually attend athletic events and vote on Mr. and Mrs. TSU.

The fact of the matter is that a majority of students do not care about all traditions. They simply care about the big popular events. If Tarleton students want to ensure that not traditions get changed or removed, Tarleton students should be proactive in supporting these traditions. If students were as vocal about other traditions as they are for walking on the grass, the traditions at Tarleton would thrive.