Oct 022003
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff


Shandra Jordan, editor in chief

Kyle Endres, campus editor

Danny Byers, special sections editor

Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor

How many traditions can you name that CSU has? Painting of the

“A,” Green and Gold Week, Homecoming?

These traditions are pale compared to the traditions other

colleges have. Cornell has Skip Day; Indiana University has the

Little 500 Bike Race. Here, hardly any students participate or know

about traditions. Few students take part in painting the “A,” our

Green and Gold Week has been reduced to Green and Gold Days and say

goodbye to camping out for CU-CSU tickets since the next two games

will take place in Boulder.

Back in the heyday of traditions at CSU, College Days took

place. A three-day feast of drinking, music, love and fun took

place on campus where any student who took part in it could not

forget. But during the mid ’80s, that tradition, along with other

traditions, disappeared.

Have we gotten too politically correct for traditions to thrive?

Back in the 1950s, freshman had to wear beanies and recite the

fight song at the demand of upperclassmen. Traditions such as that

wouldn’t fly today (or College Days as they were depicted in

yearbooks) but we don’t think it’s too much to ask for traditions

that reinforce school pride and unite us as a community. Also to

blame is the abuse of traditions. We wouldn’t be able to camp out

for the Rock Mountain Showdown – if there is a showdown after the

stint in Boulder – because of students leaving behind kegs and

sofas and sexually assaulting women.

Despite the change in times and the abuse, there is a lot of

room for tradition at CSU. The Associated Students of CSU recently

held a meeting to discuss how to improve traditions. It is a

two-way street: CSU can provide traditions, but students have to

participate in them in order to make them traditions.




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