OPINION: Traditions abound at USU
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 10, 2013 15:01
Utah State is a university full of history and many traditions. Sometimes we forget that USU has been around since 1888 and was once based on agriculture. There are so many stories and meanings that follow this extraordinary line of traditions. For instance, have you ever thought of where the name “Aggies” came from or how True Aggie Night started? The traditions at Utah State are what make USU a great school to attend. They are things you will remember long after you graduate.
We are known as the Utah State Aggies, but where did this term really come from? Back in 1894, at the first football game played against the University of Utah, reporters referred to the Utah Agricultural College as “Farmers.” Occasionally they would refer to the players as “Aggies” because the school was based on agriculture. As soon as the school was named Utah State University, the farmer nickname disappeared but the public was determined to keep the name “Aggie.”
Utah State has always been known for its honesty, but more importantly, friendliness — but maybe not when it comes to basketball games in the Spectrum. A tradition that is sometimes forgotten is known as the “Hello Walk,” which was established in 1961. On designated days while walking from Old Main to the Business Building, students are encouraged to say “hello” to one another to promote friendship among students. Occasionally, you will see volunteers stationed along this sidewalk encouraging the tradition.
Let us not forget the often-imitated, but never duplicated True Aggie Night. In 1917, the Beno Club erected their “headstone” on campus, which was a Block A. The Beno club performed service on campus and came up with their name from a school official telling students that there would “be no” clubs because of pranks that were played. The Block A stands as a traditional monument of Aggie spirit. However it is not mentioned in any student handbook as to how True Aggie Night started, but it’s mentioned in alumni publication that you are not an official USU coed until you have been kissed on this monument. True Aggie Night is held every month on the night of a full moon.
There is something to be said about Utah State athletic games, especially when they are held in the Spectrum. The USU student section is known to be loud, annoying and intimidating, especially when it comes to Aggie basketball. Traditionally, Aggie basketball has outstanding attendance to every game. We, as students, need to continue the tradition and make sure the Spectrum remains one of the best home court advantages in the nation.
As you can see, Utah State is a wonderful university with some of the most amazing history and school spirit. I encourage every student to make an effort in engaging in our university’s traditions. Don’t be afraid to “Show Me the Scotsman!”
Sloan Bailey is ASUSU traditions director. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.