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Texas Tech wants improved pre-game behavior with 'silent treatment'

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By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Some Texas Tech students hope to start a new tradition on Saturday. They're calling it the silent treatment, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea. 

Student Government President Drew Graham describes the silent treatment.

"Right before the game starts we're hoping when the other teams fans come out of the tunnel we'll all hold our guns up and stare at them, a silent stare down at the other team, let them play their song and then go back up and get all rowdy for the football game."

Student Senate met tonight and tabled the resolution because there were so many mixed opinions from students. After learning that a potential donor came to the SMU game and was so disturbed by student's behavior during the visiting team's fight song that he decided against making a donation, student government scrambled to find a more respectful way to intimidate the visiting team.

"We want our fans to be on and show we're still an intimidating rowdy place to be, but we don't have to cuss to do that and we don't have to boo during the other school's song," Graham said.

Not all students agreed. Graham's inbox was flooded with more than 80 e-mails about the issue. A Facebook page was also created against the silent treatment. We went to campus to see what student's had to say.

"I think it's kind of dumb people are going to do what they want no matter what the SGA says or what the administration says," Eric Tuzin said.

Tyler Vartlett disagrees; she thinks it's a great idea.

"I think the silent treatment is more intimidating because if were just sitting there holding up our guns, they can't do anything. They can make all the noise they want but it's still more intimidating. I have friends that think it is ridiculous," she said.

Tyler Aubertin thinks that it's a part of the rivalry, and that a silent treatment policy would diminish the intensity levels. "I think that it throws the guys off their game. They say it gets them pumped up for the game [with] us cussing and yelling things that we probably shouldn't."

"Everybody boos, so it's kind of a normal thing for Texas. They're away, the last time they played us [we won]. They're just going to want revenge, so anything we can do to get them off their game," said William Jones.

Texas Tech Student Government will meet again in 2 weeks to decide whether to officially pass the resolution, but Graham says there are still fans planning to give the Longhorns the silent treatment.

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