Written By: Karrie – Baylor University Passionately Rivalicious Alumni Ambassador
Green and Gold, Red and Black, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! College Football season is much anticipated in the Evitt household. With both of our alma maters, being in the Big 12, this brings about some great family rivalries! My husband Phil and I met at work 15 years ago and have been married for 12. We are a “House-Divided”, but rest assured I do my best to persuade my boys Ryan (6) and Jake (4) to cheer for my Baylor Bears! This can be very difficult living with a Red Raider in the house! To make things even more interesting Phil’s daughter, Hannah (17), has her heart set on Texas A&M!
I am a Baylor Girl all the way and LOVE my Baylor Bears in any sport or event that they participate in. Phil is a Texas Tech Red Raider and grew up in the Lubbock area, going to Tech events from an early age. Our two boys are often torn about which side to support. My husband has taught them the Tech Fight song, which they can sing on command! We are currently working on learning “Old Fite”! In fact, I play it every morning in the car on the way to school for some extra practice. Our “House-Divided” makes for some fun times especially when it is time to wear your favorite team colors to school. Each boy loves to have both Baylor and Tech clothes, so they can support both teams. If you ask them, Ryan leans more towards the Texas Tech side, and Jake more towards the Baylor side.
An annual event in our house is the Baylor vs. Tech game, which is the last game of the season for both teams. Each year we go to the game, alternating sides. This year we will be sitting on the Texas Tech side, but rest assured I will be wearing my green and gold in support of my Bears! Last year, even Phil enjoyed sitting on the Baylor side and watching all the excitement over the awesome season that Baylor had. The best part of last year’s game was getting Robert Griffin’s autograph. Ironically, he signed it on the Texas Tech side of the hat they gave away at the game. HA! Ryan has been to a game, and we are hoping to take Jake this year, so we can make this a true family event for many years to come! We both are passionate about each other’s teams and do our best to support each other – except when we play each other and then it’s GAME ON!
Ryan and Jake know it is football season because out come the flags! We started a family tradition of putting up our Baylor and Tech flags on Saturday mornings in the fall to support our teams. The boys think this is really cool and love it when a neighbor driving by stops to watch or yells GO BAYLOR or GO TECH! Occasionally, we hear support of another team, which we politely ignore.
So whether we are yelling “Sic ‘em Bears” or raising our “Gun Up” for Tech, our family loves the Bears and Raiders and all the excitement and tradition that comes with the rivalry!
Written By: Jenna – Baylor University Passionately Rivalicious Collegiate Correspondent
Video By: BU Student Productions Baylor University – Waco, Texas
Coming home for Winter Break gave me time to look back on my first semester as a Baylor Bear. The amazing friendships I built so quickly, all the exciting football games, and the freedom of living on your own, I thought to myself how could I top this incredible semester? Little did I know, Spring Semester would be even better!
It all started off with Rush. Rush was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my entire life. Going from sorority to sorority, nonstop talking, and meeting new Freshman was one of the most fun and nerve-racking experiences. I made so many new friends in those three days of Rush than I had all semester! Then there was the feeling of being wanted in a group and the excitement of seeing all the skits, songs, and slideshows and thinking that could be me next year! The best day of Rush would definitely be Bid Day. Bid Day is by far the most emotional day, because you find out what sorority your going to be in. I remember it like it was yesterday, sitting in a circle with my Rush Group with the envelope that had my name on it waiting anxiously to open it up. Immediately when I opened it girls who also got into the same sorority as me ran up to me welcoming me with open arms. It was like we had an instant bond and it just felt right.
Then, there was spring break. I got the privilege to go to Florida with thirty of my sorority sisters! Having lots of girls in a house for a week made me a little nervous, but the trip couldn’t have gone better. Spring Break is perfect timing because by the weathers getting warm and everyone needs a break from school and re-focus when they come back. I was close with my Pledge Class before going on this trip, but living with these thirty girls, relaxing on the beach all day, and going out to dinners at night I feel like these girls were family now. I truly believe that this week spent together was life changing for everyone and I could really see the change when we got back to Baylor. I never had to go alone anywhere, there was always a Sister there that would do something with me, whether it was grab lunch or go to the library or just have a movie night, someone was always willing to give up their time to hang out with me. For me, Spring Break was a time to get my mind off of school and focus on building friendships within my sorority.
After coming back from Spring Break and slowly getting back into all the dreadful schoolwork, the only thing to look forward to was March Madness! Thankfully, Baylor was privileged with having both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Teams make it to the Elite Eight! It seemed like everything on campus was put on pause during these games and that everyone was watching and cheering on their Baylor Bears! It was amazing to see that even though our teams were playing in different states, Baylor’s Fans were still so supportive of them. This really showed when our Women’s Basketball Team did what’s never been done before. The Baylor 2012 Women’s Basketball Team went 40-0, winning the National Championship. With the moto of “Unfinished Business” all season, they had finally finished business. The star Brittney Griner led her team all season long, never even letting opponents close to having a chance to win. Immediately after the victory, thousands of students gathered on 10th street to celebrate the Undefeated Season, and the best part of this all is every single starter is coming back next year!
Spring Semester was even better than the Fall. There was never a weekend that something wasn’t going on and there were always things to look forward to. It has flown by and summers almost here! The things left to look forward to are Dia del oso, “the day of the bear”, where we get school off on Thursday to celebrate Baylor, Exams, & Summer. I can’t wait for my Sophomore year, when I will be welcoming the incoming Freshman! Go Bears – Sic ‘em! Go Greek!
Written By: Bree – Baylor University Passionately Rivalicious Collegiate Correspondent
It’s Bowl Season Y’all, and can you believe the Baylor Bears! Watch out! Being a Freshman at Baylor University has been more than I have ever thought. With our 9-3-season record, RG3 winning the Heisman, and the Alamo Bowl quickly approaching, my next three years at Baylor have very high standards to compete with!
Coming from a small North Texas town, football was everything, and in High School you didn’t dare miss a Friday Night Game. I loved it, every win, and the occasional loss. School Pride and Spirit means a lot to me, and that is one of the reasons I chose Baylor. Little did I know exactly how pride filled this amazing University would be! With the season opener, Texas Christian University, I ran the Baylor Line for the first time. Wow, what an experience! For those who aren’t familiar with the Baylor Line, it is where the Freshman Class wear their beloved Line Jersey and run across the field before every home game. This is only the beginning. Throughout the game we chant, we do thousands of Sic’em Bears, and we cheer RG3 with every gained yard, and completed pass!
As the game came to a close and the Baylor Bears’ Victorious, this season began with high hopes! Though the three loses the Bears put on their record didn’t stop us from rising to the challenge and beating #5 University of Oklahoma for the first time in school history. And that wasn’t the only history that was made this year! This past Saturday, December 10th, our very own Robert Griffin III, more commonly known as RG3, was named the winner of the 2011 Heisman Trophy. RG3 is the first Heisman Winner in Baylor’s history. In receiving this award RG3 stated, “This is unbelievably believable. To Baylor Nation, I say this is a forever moment, may we be blessed enough to have more of these in the future.” The most amazing part of watching a fellow Bear win such a prestigious award was the fan base behind him. All over Facebook people were adding the “III” symbol after their name in support of our outstanding QB. “SIC’EM BEARS!
With the first back-to-back Bowl appearance since the 1991-1992 season, Baylor couldn’t be more proud to be playing in the Alamo Bowl against Washington this month. As football season is wrapping up, I cannot wait to see what the #1 ranked Lady Bear Basketball Team has to show in the upcoming season!