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Knitting in the stands during the SMU game? It's for the good of the team -- she promises

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The following is from the Feb. 12, 2016 edition of The Dallas Morning News. Kathryn Arata received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SMU in 1987 and a Master of Arts degree in English from SMU in 1991.

February 12, 2016

By Ashley Landis

Kissing a trophy in the tunnel, wearing the same socks 27 games in a row, spinning around three times while saying the opponent's team name backwards.

"It's only weird if it doesn't work," said every sports fan ever.

SMU alum and dedicated Mustangs fan Kathryn Arata is a prime example.

"Since I've been knitting, they've been winning," she said of her superstition and her favorite team, the SMU Mustangs.

Arata doesn't knit prayer shawls just to keep her fingers busy in her seat at Moody Coliseum, she does it for the good of the team.

"And it's working and they're winning," she said.

The Mustang men's basketball team has a 20-3 record so far this season, including an 18-game winning streak to start the year. She might have a point.

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