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To Dunk or Not To Dunk

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Thousands of Aggies have shiny new class rings on their fingers.

But this time, students may not flock to Northgate to celebrate...thanks to a drinking ban on the promenade.

"Just happy to finally get it," says Aggie Weston Floyd.

Anticipation quickly turns to celebration for Aggies who finally earn the piece of gold most symbolic of Aggie pride.

It's also a part of the popular, yet unsanctioned tradition of Aggie Ring Dunking.

"I don't know why Aggies do it. It's just one of those things you do, and I'm not one to turn down an icy brew," says Aggie Juan Hinojosa.

As the tradition goes, you dunk the ring in a pitcher of beer, but because it is illegal to drink straight from the pitcher, many Aggies dunk their rings on the promenade.

But College Station's new city ordinance bans all drinking beyond the bars steps.

"We're really sad that we can't drink on the promenade, but we'll definitely go to the Chicken and Dunk. We understand the safety reasons but hope the police will be a little more lenient," says Aggie Samantha Fichtenbaum.

College Station Police will only hand out warnings if someone is caught drinking on the promenade until most people know about the rule.

And while some students are improvising, by dunking in a chugger or cup, some students are deciding to forgo the restrictions at Northgate and dunk at home.

"It's a lot less hassle dealing with officials and police," says Hinojosa.

"We might go to Northgate, I'm not sure. We'll definitely work something out whether it's at Northgate or our place," says Aggie Lindsey Rodgers.

Whether it's the traditional spot or not, Aggies say they will continue dunking their rings, no matter where they have to go.