Q - Is it appropriate for an Aggie, or anyone for that matter, to make a "whooping" sound while inside the Church? I have attended St Mary's Church a few times and have witnessed this on more than one occasion.
A - Thanks for the question. Before I get into my answer, I would like to let everyone know what your question is about. Texas A&M is a school full of traditions. One of the traditions is what is called a "whoop". This is when an Aggie wants to show approval or excitement about something. Only juniors and seniors have the privilege of whooping. You will hear Aggies whooping after yells (we don't have cheers at A&M) or any other time someone is excited. It also happens at St. Mary's in the place of clapping.
I highly recommend you read these two posts about distractions / problems in Mass. I think they get to the same issues as whooping and they give my philosophy on dealing with issues such as these.
1 - Holding hands during the Our Father.
2 - Clapping during Mass.