A lack of effort from the 12th Man during football games has led the Student Government Association to develop a method of correcting the student body’s behavior. They have created Committee on Campus Security to enforce and protect the traditions of Texas A&M. Known as the KKB, the group is composed of volunteers who remain discreet so as not to alert fellow students.
“Our goal is to blend in with the rest of students, so we can see who participates in traditions or not,” said Leo Demidov, chair of the Committee on Campus Security. Many students have expressed their concern with important traditions dying out during a poor football season. The KKB is hoping to bring back the things that set A&M apart.
“We want all students to see our traditions as mandatory,” said Vasili Nikitin, a sophomore kinesiology major. Under the new policy, a student caught ignoring or disrespecting any tradition will be recorded by the KKB and brought in for questioning, where an appropriate course of action will be voted on by members of the council.
“The point of questioning them is to understand why a student is ignoring tradition and to help us ensure crimes against the university do not happen again,” said Alexei Andreyev, a senior history major.
Consequences for not participating in traditions vary from a warning for minor offences to being sent to a re-education seminar, where offenders are reminded of the value of tradition.
“My friends and I were caught not doing yells during a football game and were forced to lead yells in front of the MSC for 5 hours, to serve as a warning to others,” said Ivan Sukov, a visibly haunted freshman agricultural communications major.
“I accidentally stepped on the MSC grass while trying to catch the bus and I had to serve 3-days hard labor with the Corps,” said Semyon Okun, a sophomore history major.
“My roommate was found guilty of sitting during a football game and I haven’t seen her in a week,” said freshman business major Raisa Despina.
In order to encourage students to keep traditions alive on campus, students are urged to report the names of peers not participating, as a form of self-policing.
“While the Corps of Cadets may be the Keepers of the Spirit, we like to think of ourselves as the Enforcers of the Spirit,” said Demidov. Details regarding how to join the KKB can be found on the Committee on Campus Security tab on the SGA website.
– Lil’ Event