3. Red is Better

Little red dress. Little Red Corvette. Red roses. Red letter day. Lady in Red. Fine red wine. 'Nature, red in tooth and claw'. Red sky at night. Paint the town red.

On the other hand, purple-faced, purple onions, purple prose, purple speech, purple haze, purple-bottomed monkey and purple monkey dishwasher. Purple dates in the Catholic calendar. Even Henoch-Shönlein purpura (look it up).

Face it, red is just sexier.

Now don't get me wrong, I might throw on a little purple-- with green and gold-- during Mardi Gras. But do you really think John Wayne ever said, "I really like this shirt, pilgrim.

"But do you have it in purple?"

No way. Bottom line, if it's not Mardi Gras and you aren't Kobe Bryant, purple should really be left out of your wardrobe.

4. Get Behind Your School

The Tiguhs have a great sports program.

We have a great University, and a great community. Face it, who would pick Barry Bonds over his own friends and family? But that's about what you say when you wear purple and gold on the UL campus: "Nobody over there gives a damn about me, and they never will. But hey, I'll still kiss their backsides because they've got a great football team!"

Sure, we've had our sports successes, and by the look of things we're about to have a lot more. So? Is your idea of a great school based on the won-lost record?

And think about this: if UL starts beating State in all sports, are you going to switch colors and wear vermilion and white? Are your loyalties based on whoever's winning at the moment?

If so, how can you claim to have any loyalties whatsoever?

The bottom line is, you are a student of The University of Louisiana. And although you may want to be somewhere else, the majority of us are very proud to be where we are.

So when you are getting dressed for school tomorrow, and that purple and gaudy t-shirt is staring you in the face, think about what wearing that shirt says about you. Think about what it says to all the people that worked hard to be here.

Think about John Wayne.

I'm hoping for your sake and mine, that you put the purple down. It's only one less Corndog on campus, but it's definitely a good start.

Sam Stokes is a senior in Media Advertising at UL. He plays guitar with T-Ray & Sam, and attends almost every Cajuns sporting event he can. To read more of his writings, click on his name at the top of this article.


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