To properly reflect the changing times and student body here at Texas A&M, first-year President Michael Young has boldly decided to change the official greeting. Once an integral part of this institution, “Howdy” will now reflect something a little more subtle and current – the all too familiar awkward stare and wave combination.
Though markedly different, Young claims that this greeting is far more applicable in everyday situations and people probably already do it without thinking.
“How many times have you seen someone you barely know, but don’t quite feel confident enough to give them a full-on ‘Howdy.’ This is where the new greeting excels,” Young said in a press conference Thursday.
The new greeting is in beta testing still, but all test and focus groups have shown a real positive reaction.
Young urges us to be creative with our salutations and to think outside the box. Unlike the strict limitations put on “Howdy”, students are encouraged to add to the new lexicon.
“What I love about this greeting is that it’s so flexible. If you just wanna stare and mutter ‘Sup’ under your breath, you can do that,” said freshman Physics major, Mark Lopez. “You can act like you didn’t see them till it’s too late and do the surprise look and wave. Or if you’re feeling particularly daring, you could even flash a smile.
No word yet on how and exactly when “Howdy” will be phased out, but high-ranking officials have promised that a plan is in the works.
“We’d like to have ‘Howdy’ be gone for good by at least 2017, hopefully earlier,” said Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Karan L. Watson. “But we’re prepared for the worst.”
Only time will tell how popular this new greeting will be, but the future culture and traditions of the school hinge on its success.
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