A Clash of Cultures on the Gridiron


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.

School bosses:

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.”

Campus faces:

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.)


  1. #1 Bill G
    December 25, 2006

    UC Berkley also manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, a part of the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons complex and the place where the first atomic bomb was made. Recall Oppenhimer was a physic professor at Berkley before the Manhattan Project.

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    December 25, 2006

    Aggies versus baggies?

  3. #3 Richard K
    December 25, 2006

    Cal’s quarterback is a devout Mormon. Just more diversity.

    And it manages TWO nuclear weapons labs (Lawrence-Livermore as well). Though U. Texas has tried to take them away.

  4. #4 natural cynic
    December 26, 2006

    Couldn’t you find a street sign of Telegraph way?

    Go BEARS!!

  5. #5 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    December 27, 2006


    You been dropping acid? Haight-Ashbury is on the peninsula, and Cal-Berkely is East Bay.

  6. #6 RPM
    December 27, 2006

    Mustafa, are these pictures better? I think the encapsulate Berkeley quite well.

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