REPORT: Many USU traditions have been forgotten
Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2013 00:12
Many students at USU have traditions, whether it pertains to school or just their personal lives. Like the students, USU has many traditions: some that have been passed down for a long time, some that are new and some that have now been discontinued.
Current traditions include events such as A-Day. Many students know it includes True Aggie Night, Day on the Quad, a 5K race and a senior celebration, but some might not know how it originated. The USU Alumni Association used to set the day aside to give the campus a thorough clean up, and students could participate in activities like projects, free lunch, assemblies, a football game on the Quad and a student body dance.
In order to promote friendship around campus, USU hosts the Hello Walk, an event where students are encouraged to greet each other. There are volunteers who help encourage the interactions.
Holiday Lane is another annual tradition that is coming up soon. Volunteers set up a Christmas tree on the Quad and have it decorated by different organizations. Some of the ornaments have the Christmas wishes of unfortunate children, and students can take one and buy the item for the child.
Homecoming is made up of traditions in which many colleges participate. The completion of Romney Stadium in 1930 helped make Homecoming better-advertised at USU, and to celebrate its first big Homecoming game, the university set aside a day that included pep rallies, patriotic flag ceremonies and a downtown parade where many local merchants participated.
The Robins Awards started out with William E. Robins, a student at USU and a part of the Sigma Nu fraternity nearly 50 years ago. He was the primary visionary of the Taggart Student Center. He and his wife died in a plane crash in 1954 and left a son orphaned. The fraternity set up a fund to help the Robins’ son go to USU when he was old enough, but their son died when he was eight years old from leukemia. Since then, the fund has been used for an award bestowed upon students and faculty members who excel at hard work and fulfilling personal goals.
The Hill tradition surrounds USU’s fraternities. Anyone interested in being part of a fraternity stands at the top of Old Main Hill, and when it’s their chosen fraternity’s turn, the newcomers run down the hill to current fraternity members. Afterward, the participants all go to their respective houses. The sororities do the same thing, but on the stairs from the TSC to the fountain located to the south of the building.
Becoming a True Aggie is something all Aggies are familiar with. The Block A came out to its current spot in 1967. To become a True Aggie, students can kiss a person who is already a True Aggie on a night with a full moon or on Homecoming Night. On A-Day students can kiss anyone and both of the students become a True Aggie.
Some traditions that students may not think of as traditions are Aggie Ice Cream and Big Blue.