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New Semester, New Saddle Tramps

Hello Red Raider nation! It's been a while but the Bell Ringer is back! The Spring 2020 Semester has started fast and it's only gonna get faster as we wind down to summer break.

Saddle Tramp News:

We've already gone through the Rushing process for the Spring 2020 Semester and we got some great guys! Caleb Harris, Jose Andrade, Colby Killian, Dean Wyman, Trent Bell, and Holden Jackola all made it through and are now in the heat of things as pledges! So far, they're all doing great!

We've already had a couple of basketball games this semester and it is great being back in the mix of things at the United Supermarkets Arena! Unfortunately the Red Raiders came up short to Kentucky but last night (1/29) the team got back on track and scored 89 points on one of the best defenses in the nation in West Virginia. We helped the student section sing a fantastic rendition of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by TTU Alum John Denver and we got Head Coach Bob Huggins all frazzled.

In just a few weeks our schedule is gonna get real full. Baseball season is just around the corner and we could not be more excited! The Red Raider Baseball team is looking real promising as they were chosen as the Big 12 Favorites for the third year in a row, six preseason All-Big 12 selections, and is ranked number three in the USA Today Coaches Poll. We have a great feeling about this year!

Saddle Tramp of the Week: Chris Vardy

We are starting something new this semester. In this section of the Bell Ringer, we will highlight one of the guys and tell you all about them and how they got here. This week is Chris Vardy. Chris is a Freshman from BURLESON, TEXAS, He went to Centennial High School and is an Ag Communication major. Chris is from the Fall '19 pledge class the Night's Watch. Despite him being so new in the organization, Chris is already the Social Committee Chairman. He chose to come to Tech because, he is a 4th generation Tech student on both sides of his family! Chris rush Saddle Tramps because his Dad and his Uncle were both in Saddle Tramps. His advice for future Freshmen, is to "study hard and get good grades." Not bad advice at all. A fun fact about Chris is, he likes to play the Nintendo Switch.

And lastly, on Jan. 26, 2020, the world lost an Icon. Of course I am talking about Kobe Bryant. Kobe wasn't just a basketball player. He was one of the players that felt larger than life. In many of our eyes he was immortal. Kobe's reach went far beyond the basketball court. Many people have said it but it doesn't take a genius to see that Kobe was one of the kindest guys around. A great basketball player but an even better man. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the helicopter crash as well as their families.

Rest In Peace:

Kobe Bryant

Gianna Bryant

John Altobelli

Keri Altobelli

Alyssa Altobelli

Christina Mauser

Sarah Chester

Payton Chester

Ara Zobayan

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