On Tuesday, President Young made official what many students have believed to be true for a while now. Like the Heldenfels cats, the clever squirrels in Academic Plaza, and the bats of Kyle Field, campus has long been home to a range of adorable friends that have become indispensable parts of the Aggie family. As anyone who has ever stepped foot on campus can see, the iconic swirling orange and white colors of the Knife River cement trucks are as recognizable these days as Reveille or the Aggie Ring.
In fact, many of the students’ favorite new buildings around campus are only here thanks to the work of these little scamps. Like the industrious beaver building a great dam of wood and brush, Knife River cement trucks trek back and forth tirelessly, bringing fresh cement to construct the ever-growing campus. Students returning from summer vacation always know they have made it back to Bryan–College Station when they spot one on the road.
“They started showing up on campus around the time of the MSC reconstruction project, and since then, their numbers have grown significantly,” said construction science graduate Allen Tarpley. “In fact, they now play an essential role in the local ecosystem, thanks to their steady carrying of much-needed cement.”
After the announcement, the bookstore in the MSC said they will begin selling plush Knife River cement trucks—sure to be an adorable addition to any Aggie bedroom.