Monday, December 25, 2006

Culture Clash

Can't wait for Thursday's Holiday Bowl. On one side you have Texas A&M, which is college football's answer to the Fox News Channel. Former school president Robert Gates, an acknowledged message board lurker, is the new Secretary of Defense under President Bush. On the other side you have California. Chancellor Robert Birgeneau lists on his curriculum vitae an editorial he once wrote for the Toronto Star entitled "Celebrating Sexual Diversity." Guns? Texas A&M has the Metzger-Sanders collection, one of the state's largest. At Cal, more than 88% of Berkeley freshman said in a 2004 survey that the federal government should do more to control the sale of handguns. Girls? A&M began full admission for women in 1971. The first female student enrolled at Cal in 1870. Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune breaks it down in an entertaining piece. Thanks to Mary for this!

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