Text by Lynn McDaniel
Texas A&M sports fans don’t need a lot of prodding when it comes to cheering for their teams, however, five Yell Leaders do a superb job of heightening the Aggie Spirit during games and special events. Each year, the student body elects five students (three seniors and two juniors) to represent the official spirit organization. Females can run for the Yell Leader positions, but traditionally the student body has elected males. These five Yell Leaders do not do cheerleader-type gymnastics or cheers; instead, they use hand signals, called “pass backs,” to get fans excited and direct the yells of the crowd.
First Yell, which occurs on the weekend of the first home football game, started in 1999 as a way of welcoming all Aggies back to campus. Midnight Yell began in 1931, when freshmen corps cadets were ordered by senior Yell Leaders Horsefly Berryhill and Two Gun Herman from Sherman to be at the YMCA building at midnight. Today, Midnight Yell is held the night before a home game in Kyle Field and also in a designated site in the opponent’s city for away-games.
[Pass Back: Closed fists rotating around each other in alternating directions]
Farmers, farmers fight!
The Forsyth, located just across the street from Kyle Field, provides a cool (or warm) respite for Aggie sports fans who want to get out of the heat or cold just before or just after a game. We’re open Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm and Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm (not during Midnight Yell!) Come by and see us…we’re sure you’ll enjoy fine art exhibitions from the Runyon collection–well, maybe not enough to yell about, but we do encourage you to give a shout-out to your friends and tell them about our galleries!