Aggie traditions? Not for me!
By Kandice Crompton
April 15, 2009 - Logan | I graduate in 17 days. I've
been getting ready for finals, trying to plan a wedding
and getting graduations announcements ready. On a break
from the stress yesterday I started looking around the
USU website and came across the 'traditions' page. I'd
never seen this before and decided to take a look. I
had no idea how much I had apparently missed out on
in my four years at this school! I decided to do a service
to all those students out there who, like me, were apparently
in the dark about these "USU traditions". I'm gonna
see how many I can hit in 17 days, you may want to give
yourself some more time!
Aggie Ice Cream Aggie Ice Cream is located in the
Nutrition and Food Sciences building on the east side
of campus. According to www.usu.edu/traditions,
in 1921 "the first taste of Aggie Ice Cream became
a rite-of-passage on campus". I've considered trying
to quickly participate in this rite-of-passage, but
the website also says that "Aggie Ice Cream has
a 12 percent butterfat content", and when I'm trying
to plan for a wedding I really don't need that extra
fat. I'm not sure if this tradition counts if you eat
the ice cream anywhere but in the NFS building. For
now though, I'm gonna say no.
True Aggie Ok, I have been to True Aggie Night,
but not to become a True Aggie. I went for a class and
took pictures, no kissing involved. True Aggie Night
goes on every full moon, A-Day and Homecoming. This
is definitely a tradition I could stand to take part
in before graduation. As this week is A-week, there
is a True Aggie night this Friday, April 17th, we'll
see if I can't get the fiance up here to knock this
Paul Bunyan I always wondered what those painted
footprints on the sidewalk were. I'm not really going
to go into this one, there's not really a tradition
to 'participate' in, but since I've seen the bootprints,
I'm going to say I've 'participated' in this one.
Big Blue Well, I've never been Big Blue, and there
really aren't very many people who have been, so I don't
feel bad about not participating in this tradition.
Homecoming I swore to myself I would attend the
homecoming football game this year. I didn't. As I think
about it now, I haven't participated in a single Homecoming
activity. No Homecoming parade, no True-Aggie Night,
no Homecoming dance. This is one I can do as an alumnus
A-Day Well, A-Day is not A-Week, and apparently
it's THIS week. Three more days in the week, I'll participate
Thursday. Or Friday. Whenever.
Hello Walk This is a stretch of sidewalk from the
bottom of Old-Main over to the Business Building. I've
walked it many times. Part of the tradition started
to get people to say "hello" to one another. I've walked
this path many times on the way to class, and I say
"hello" to friends. I'm gonna count this one.
The Hill The Traditions website (www.usu.edu/traditions)
says the Hill traditions include everything from the
fraternities running down the hills during Rush week
to sledding and ice-blocking down the Hill. Being a
girl I obviously never joined a fraternity, and not
really enjoying the cold I have never taken a sled down
the Hill. However, I did go ice-blocking down the hill
last summer, so I'm going to count this.
Finals Week Howl The final tradition. Apparently
every semester on the Wednesday of finals week there
is a bunch of students "howling" in the library. Sounds
weird, but after all these traditions I've failed to
participate in I need to participate in this one. Two
Ok, those are most of the traditions listed on the
traditions website. I would encourage all of you to
start participating now. I'm going to be really busy
these next two weeks!