The University of California, Berkeley and Texas A&M University will square off in this year’s Holiday Bowl football game on Thursday, December 28. While not quite as complex as last year’s national championship game pairing, there is a nice dichotomy when one considers the stereotypes of Cal and Texas A&M. In general, Cal is home to a bunch of liberal, tree hugging, pinko hippies, whereas the Texas A&M student body is made up of gun wielding, warmongering good ol’ boys (and Nick). The tale of the tape is laid out in this article from the San Diego Union-Tribune — San Diego is home to the Holiday Bowl. A few highlights can be found below the fold.
Texas A&M: The school president, Robert Gates, was recently chosen by President Bush to supervise the war in Iraq as the new Secretary of Defense.
Cal: Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, a native of Toronto, lists on his curriculum vitae an editorial he once wrote for the Toronto Star entitled “Celebrating Sexual Diversity.”
Texas A&M: Football games are attended by former President George H.W. Bush, whose presidential library is located on campus.
Cal: A student became known as “The Naked Guy” in the 1990s by attending classes nude.
Texas A&M: The school was all-male for several decades. It didn’t open its doors to women students until 1963, on a limited basis. Full admission for women began in 1971, with the Corps of Cadets first allowing women to join in 1974.
Cal: The first female student enrolled in 1870. One its most famous former students is Betty Friedan, co-founder of the National Organization of Women, and author of the 1963 book “The Feminist Mystique.”
(Via The Wizard of Odds.)