When it rains in College Station, it pours. With the midseason decline of Aggie Football, the tears of A&M fans align with the seasonal monsoons in B/CS. The inadequate draining on campus causes puddles and small rivers to form, creating swamps in certain areas. This poses a unique problem for Corps Seniors.
Handcrafted leather boots have traditionally been one of the few perks of being a cadet. Since their inception, the boots have been manufactured at Holick’s, a local business, for over 100 years. In order to meet the changing atmosphere and feedback from senior cadets, a new tradition has been forged.
On Friday, the Commandant, Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, posted on Facebook a detailed post that will usher in a new era of cadet footwear. To justify this change in tradition, General Ramirez stated, “For the past years, we have had countless cadets ruin their boots due to the bad weather conditions that frequent this campus year round. To combat these conditions, we will be adopting a new style of boot for our seniors. Beginning this Spring, all seniors will wear Hunter rain boots year round.”
Hunter Boots Ltd will be able to provide cadets with a variety of colors. This will allow greater diversity and individuality amongst the corps and fill campus with a rainbow of colored boot/khaki ensembles. The style of boot will remain the same for every senior to ensure that a degree of uniformity still exists amongst their ranks.
The switch of footwear also targets the Corps’ goal of stronger ties with the Greek community – demonstrating a desire to share fashion and values. In addition, the Corps is exploring plans to replace their current trench coats with monogrammed Charles River jackets.
Will Leonard, a senior Food Science major, said “I wholeheartedly agree with the decision of the Commandant and the direction the Corps is moving towards. The practicality and style are an unbeatable combination.”
Leonard abruptly left, pumpkin spice latte in hand, after seeing a group of Gamma Phi’s walk by in Hunter boots. He chased after them, saying something about a “ring by spring” and “first deck tickets.”
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