The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, March 20, 2002, Image 3

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THE BATTALION Wednesday, March 20, 2002 Knock on Wood Students incorporate superstition into their daily lives At GUESS. / 01 ASKED YOU TO MD you COUIDK [ST. YOU ICING OULD EEN 5 RonnIW6 te By Amanda Trimble THE BATTALION Six Cheng, a sophomore biomedical science major, relies on breakfast bun i- isand fruit drinks to pass her 8 a.m. physics tests. So far, the results have been ighA’s every time. "Iget up at 4:30 or 5 a.m. before the test and go to the same gas station and uy the same breakfast burrito and fruit drink." Cheng said. “ Then I go home and udy at the dining room table until 1 have to leave. People think it's weird, but it iorks every time.” Many people do not realize they are superstitious until they stop and look at some f their everyday habits. The word superstition usually reminds students of black cats rthe number 13. but something as simple as saying “God bless you” is a supersti- vsT on.According to, in the Middle Ages it was a common belief that iy icdevil could enter a person while they were sneezing. Saying “God bless you ’ was leant to protect that person, and the superstition is still a tradition today. Although most superstitions are not as common as saying “God bless you.’ many udents say the little things they do may affect their luck. Jesse-Larou Walsh, a junior math major, has Irish superstitions she acquired from crfamily heritage. “1 never walk out a different door than I came in. It’s an Irish superstition, /alshsaid. “If I walk out a different door, it’s supposed to bring bad luck. "Also, anytime I find a penny or a dime on the ground, and only if it’s heads t ,i'll pick it up and put it in my left shoe,” Walsh said. “I don't know it it’s a aneof mind or actual good luck, but I just have a better day.” When it comes to taking tests. Walsh sticks to the traditional Aggie superstition [visiting the Sul Ross statue. “I always put a penny on Sully's left shoe before I go take a test,” Walsh said. Iknow it works because before my last two tests, I didn't go do it and 1 didn t bwellon them.” Shannon Ensom. hall director of Lechner Hall, is superstitious when talking iut things that have not happened. “I knock on wood all the time. It just seems like the easiest thing to do, insomsaid. “There’s that fear that if you say something before it happens, you 11 inxit.” J Superstitions also play an important role for athletes. Tim Petru, a junior mar- Aii Ittingmajor and third baseman for the Aggie baseball team, has a very specific way entering the batting box. The first time I get in the box, I have to smooth out the dirt and make it perfect, [very time after that, I have to hit each shoe and then tap the outer comer and the nercomerof the plate with my bat,” Petru said. "Then I T1 get in the box, and I m ready to bat. Sometimes I don’t even know I’m doing it.” Other superstitions are shared by the entire team. Petru said when the count is all twos, players will rub the bills of their caps, then take them off and shake them when the pitcher winds up. Another superstition starts when the team is losing a game. If someone gets a run, everyone will have to stand in the same spot they were in before, Petru said. “We'll all go give the guy a high five, but then someone will „ yell ‘same spots,’ T and we have to go back to the same spot we were standing in when he got the run,” Petru said. “You could say it’s a superstation that has turned into a habit,” Abbott said. “I think someone told me once to do it for good luck. Now it has stuck.” “You could say it's a superstition that has turned into a habit,” Abbott said. “I think someone told me once to do it for good luck. Now it has stuck.” Abbott said she and her roommate, Jackie Johnson, a sophomore journalism major, also have superstitions at home. For example, when the time reads 11:11, they make a wish. “It gets compulsive,” Abbott said. FRANK CHANCE • THE BATTALION continue reai &M alumni, b vwen is only ^ history with e nominated k campus Marct arch 27-30 an< aston said eac. ings with nity leaders an[ formed in If s plan to retiK dent body P re J Kecutives " e. : WORLD »XVrt ameos • Chinif* Incense S Cils cl . Puzzle Bo*e Statuary • Star bl elry 6 Gifts the world TALlOli Castillo Chief Place® LUe Hear Vou! You asked for it. 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