The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The intersection of Bizzell Street and College Avenue on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
Farmers fight Hurricane Beryl
Aggies across South Texas left reeling in wake of unexpectedly dangerous storm
J. M. Wise, News Reporter • July 20, 2024
Duke forward Cooper Flagg during a visit at a Duke game in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Flagg is one fo the top recruits in Dukes 2025 class. (Photo courtesy of Morgan Chu/The Chronicle)
From high school competition to the best in the world
Roman Arteaga, Sports Writer • July 24, 2024

Coming out of high school, Cooper Flagg has been deemed a surefire future NBA talent and has been compared to superstars such as Paul George...

Bob Rogers, holding a special edition of The Battalion.
Lyle Lovett, other past students remember Bob Rogers
Shalina Sabih July 15, 2024

In his various positions, Professor Emeritus Bob Rogers laid down the stepping stones that student journalists at Texas A&M walk today, carving...

The referees and starting lineups of the Brazilian and Mexican national teams walk onto Kyle Field before the MexTour match on Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Kyle Heise/The Battalion)
Opinion: Bring the USWNT to Kyle Field
Ian Curtis, Sports Reporter • July 24, 2024

As I wandered somewhere in between the Brazilian carnival dancers and luchador masks that surrounded Kyle Field in the hours before the June...

Aggie women discuss their decision to order a men’s-size ring

Jeanette+Lipton+and+Ammarah+Sattar+both+opted+to+get+the+larger+men%26%238217%3Bs+rings.
Photo by Photo by Cassie Stricker

Jeanette Lipton and Ammarah Sattar both opted to get the larger men’s rings.

Of the nearly 6,300 Aggie Rings that will be distributed during Ring Day, around 2,360 will be men’s rings. However, three of those men’s rings will go to Aggie women. 

Kathryn Greenwade, vice president of The Association of Former Students, said that women do order men’s rings from time to time and that the ordering process is the same. The only distinction is that the Association asks the student to order in person to verify that the ring is for them.

Psychology junior Karla Alvarez placed an order for a men-size Aggie Ring. Alvarez said that from the start, the larger ring attracted her more than the traditional women’s ring. Alvarez said the size difference allowed for added detail of the Aggie symbols.

Alvarez is a first-generation Aggie and said these symbols are important to her as she has adopted the Texas A&M core values as her own. Alvarez said the symbols are also indicative of the work she has put in and have now come to represent her. 

“Whenever I was looking into the school, I really identified with the values of it,” Alvarez said. “So the ring is a reflection of my identity as well.” 

Genetics senior Ammarah Sattar received her men’s ring last semester and said the history behind the rings helped influence her decision when she was on the fence between the smaller and larger sizes. Sattar said she valued the sacrifices women made in the past supporting their Aggies and being given a sweetheart ring. However, Sattar felt that her sacrifice was a different one and she wanted it visually displayed.

A sweetheart ring is a ring that a male student from the Class of 1972 or before can purchase for his wife or mother and is a smaller replica of his ring. These were phased out after women were admitted to A&M.

“I read a story about how the women’s ring used to be the Aggie sweetheart ring,” Sattar said. “I just feel like I worked so hard for this degree and it was so painful sometimes and it was so much hard work and it was so much effort. And I really just wanted the knowledge that the only other people who have this ring are the people who also [achieved] the same accomplishment that I did.”

Civil engineering senior Jeanette Lipton is Sattar’s roommate and also has a men’s ring. Lipton said having the larger ring expresses her Aggie pride much more boldly and keeps the ring from losing any of the detail that she admires.

“I like my giant ostentatious hunk of hunkiness,” Lipton said. “I also really like how big all the details [are] on the side. Especially when you have it antiqued, everything is there, it’s all there. You can be far away and you can still see the details on the leaves, and I like that.” 

Sattar said at the end of the day it is up to personal preference and the smaller ring is no less valuable than the larger one.  

“Whether you appreciate the larger or smaller ring more, I feel like everyone should really choose the one they like the best,” Sattar said. “You’re the one who’s going to wear it.”

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *