In a bold but expected move, The Goodbull Newspaper filed all the necessary paperwork with the University Wednesday to become the official rival of the Battalion newspaper.
Editor-in-chief, Lauren Felder, told the Mugdown that the decision was made after a lot of careful thought and several trips to Northgate.
“Rivalries are a longstanding part of tradition here at A&M,” Felder said. “Our name basically means tradition, what does the Battalion mean? Is that a tradition?”
The documents were filed shortly before the close of business on Wednesday, April 30 and were processed early this morning. Student Activities director, Russell Thompson approved the request with a rubber thumbs up stamp to endorse the rivalry’s inception.
Former Goodbull editor-in-chief, Aaron Mitchell, shared his thoughts through twitter. As the founder of the new newspaper, Mitchell is the biggest proponent of the new rivalry.
“If Tradition was an official seal that grew in the grass of the MSC, The Batt would walk all over it,” Mitchell’s tweet read.
The Battalion was contacted for a comment but on the grounds of not wanting to dignify the news with a response, editor-in-chief Jake Walker was brief.
“No comment,” Walker said as he published his latest opinion piece from the bully pulpit.
The rivalry between the 121-year-old Battalion and the independent new kid on the block will inevitably shake things up on campus for the estimated five percent of students who read printed newspapers. The University has already invested in riot gear if the papers lead to tearable issues.