College Station is a unique town because of its ties with Texas A&M University. Texas A&M has so many unique traditions but here are a couple of the most popular.
If there is an A&M man in one hundred miles of you, you are expected to get together, eat a little, and live over the days you spent at the A&M College of Texas.” Muster is a ceremony that is celebrated worldwide. From College Station to the battlegrounds of the middle east, there are many different Muster ceremonies on April 21st. The ceremony in College Station is dedicated to the fifty-year reunion class, with many activities like BBQ and campus tours to round out the weekend. That night the Muster ceremony features an address by a keynote speaker, the reading of poems, and finally Roll Call for the absent. The Roll Call is a way to honor the Aggies who have passed away since the last Muster Roll Call. When the names of the fallen are read family and friends will answer “here” and light a candle to symbolize that they will forever remain with us in Aggie Spirit.
Aggie Bonfire was started in 1909 and is a tradition where students work together each year to build a colossal bonfire. In 1999 tragedy struck and the bonfire has since been moved off campus. The bonfire symbolizes the burning desire of the Aggies to be the University of Texas in their annual football game each Thanksgiving. The bonfire is a way to gather the student body in a rally to pump up the students for the upcoming football showdown. Even now that Texas A&M does not play Texas annually, the bonfire still burns.
Midnight Yell is held the night before a football game. Home games it is held at Kyle Field and for away games it is held on Thursday nights at the Grove. Also for away games, a site is designated for a Midnight Yell in the city of our opponent on the night before the game. For example when the Aggies played in DFW, midnight yells have been held at Rangers ballpark in Arlington, and in the Stockyards of Fort Worth. For a Midnight Yell at Kyle field all the students, yell leaders, fans, and band all gather at the field at midnight. The yell leaders lead the crowd in yells, singing the fight song, and telling stories about how the Aggies will perform a beat down on their opponents the following day. Lastly, the lights go out and students kiss their dates. If a student doesn’t have a date all they have to do is flick their Bicks. This tradition says that if you just flick your lighter on then single students will be able to find each other easier and then maybe they won’t be dateless anymore.
In August 2010 Kiplinger’s Magazine released a list of “10 Great Cities for Raising Children.” College Station made the list at #3. The article said that College Station has “Great public schools and low crime aren't the only draws of this small Texas city. College Station has also seen steady wage growth and a low unemployment rate of 6.9%. Plus, there are plenty of cultural and athletic events at Texas A&M University, an interactive children's museum, dozens of parks, and playgrounds on the shores of nearby Lake Bryan. A top-ranked public school system, affordable housing and utilities, safe neighborhoods, solid wage and employment growth, it's about a two-hour drive from Houston, Dallas, or Austin.”
With qualities like new hospitals, job growth, top rankings for families, and a tie to a special university, College Station is a unique place to live.