Meet the Carroll Grad Serving as Texas A&M’s Mascot Corporal
Jul 06, 2015 12:07PM ● Published by Audrey Sellers
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Ian Moss, a 2014 graduate of Carroll Senior High School, is Texas A&M’s Mascot Corporal for the 2015-16 academic year. This means that he’s in charge of Reveille, the university’s official mascot, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Here’s a quick background on Reveille. She’s known as the First Lady of Texas A&M, and she’s also the highest-ranking member in the Corps of Cadets. The Corps Commander wears four diamonds, and Rev wears five.
According to Aggie Legend, Reveille came to Aggieland in 1931 and was initially not attended to by one person. But since 1960, Reveille has been under the care of a Mascot Corporal, a sophomore in Company E-2 in the Corps of Cadets. For the upcoming academic year, this Mascot Corporal is Carroll grad, Ian Moss.
Southlake Style caught up with Moss to find out what it’s like being part of such an important Texas A&M tradition. Read on for our Q&A.
Southlake Style: Tell us a little about yourself. What are you studying? What made you want to serve as Mascot Corporal?
Moss: I am a Construction Science Major and proud member of the Corps of Cadets. My parents are both Aggies, so I don’t really remember when I decided I wanted to go to A&M, but I decided to join the Corps after a “Spend the Night with Corps” trip my junior year. I stayed with E-2, the mascot company, and decided then that was the Company for me.
SS: What does this position entail?
Moss: I am in charge of the First Lady of Aggieland. She is with me constantly. I escort her to class and all her events. We attend sporting events, and she lives with me in my dorm room.
SS: How were you selected as Mascot Corporal?
Moss: The Mascot Corporal is a sophomore member of the E-2 Company. During my freshman year, we had tryouts where we were required to research the previous eight Reveilles. Each week we were tested on a different Reveille. We were graded on our effort and public-speaking skills. At the end of the eight-week tryouts, I was chosen as the Mascot Corporal ’18.
SS: How does it feel to be part of such an important Texas A&M tradition?
Moss: I am honored and thankful that I have been entrusted with the care of Reveille IX. When I look at her, I am reminded of God’s blessings. I am looking forward to our year together – especially football season!
SS: Share with us a little about Reveille – what is she like? What kinds of things does she enjoy?
Moss: Reveille IX is still a puppy and very energetic. She has a really sweet temperament. She still doesn’t realize that she is the highest ranked cadet in the Corps, but she is catching on. She loves to chase, pose, and take pictures and play with other dogs.
SS: So Reveille goes with you everywhere?
Moss: Reveille IX goes everywhere with me. If I have to go somewhere where I cannot take her, then I leave her in the care of another member of E2. She does go to class with me and on dates. There are many restaurants that welcome Miss Reveille.
SS: If she barks in class, is that session cancelled?
Moss: The tradition says that if she barks, class is dismissed, but that does not mean the professor stops lecturing. So it is really up to the professor.
SS: What do you enjoy most about serving as Mascot Corporal?
Moss: I love seeing the impact she has on the people who recognize her. She brings a lot of joy to everyone who has a chance to pet her or take a picture. Young and old, she makes everyone’s day better.
SS: Anything else you’d like to add?
Moss: I am looking forward to all the opportunities that I will be experiencing over the coming year. Being the Mascot Corporal ’18 is a unique honor, and I want to make Texas A&M University proud of my service.
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