Consider yourselves lucky, freshmen.
Had you been born decades ago and chose CSU as your alma mater, youâ€™d be wearing a beanie right now. Yes, freshmen at the good oleâ€™ green and gold, starting in 1914 and ending in the late 1960s, wore beanies until the â€œRite of the Caneâ€ competition at the end of fall. If you were caught not donning a beanie by an upperclassman, in the horse trough you went.
Seriously. At â€œRite of the Caneâ€ freshmen raced sophomores to a cane stuck in the ground and whichever team had the most hands on the cane won. If the freshmen lost, beanies were worn until summer break began and they morphed into sophomores.
Â The â€œFor-Ever-Greenâ€ book, which holds all of CSUâ€™s prized traditions and tales, can walk you through the extended history of campus.
For now, weâ€™ll go over some of the Collegianâ€™s top picks. Â
Thurman â€œFumâ€ McGraw created a football legacy, it goes a little something like this:
â€œIâ€™ll sing you a song of college days,
and tell you where to go.
Â Aggies, where your knowledge is,
and Boulder to spend your dough.
C.C. for your sissy boys,
and Utah for your times,
D.U. for your ministers,
and drunkards, School of Mines.
Donâ€™t send my boy to Wyoming U.,
a dying mother said.
Donâ€™t send him to old Brigham Young,
Iâ€™d rather see him dead.
But send him to our Aggies,
Itâ€™s better than Cornell.
Before Iâ€™d see him in Boulder,
Iâ€™d see my son in hell!â€
McGraw was the first consensus All-American football player to take CSUâ€™s field and went on to play in the NFL. He eventually came back to his Aggies and served as athletic director for 10 years.
If youâ€™re standing on The Stump, you better be speaking your mind.
Literally the base of a tree, The Stump is housed on the Lory Student Center Plaza and is open to anyone who needs to shout out feelings, thoughts, theories or messages. According to the â€œFor-Ever-Greenâ€ book, the hunk of wood has a checkered history of disappearing from the Plaza and turning up years later in a random â€œdustyâ€ corner of campus.
On any given day, a student can walk through the Plaza and see someone sharing their thoughts while standing on The Stump. Sometimes it may not be what youâ€™re looking to hear, but The Stump is symbolic of your First Amendment rights.
Who knows, you might find yourself up there one day.
If you havenâ€™t already heard, your Ram Welcome leader is going to invite you to hike to the CSU landmark sometime this weekend.Â
Overlooking Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, where youâ€™ll attend many aâ€™ football game, the â€œAâ€ is representative of times past at CSU.
Back before Colorado was a state, the university was the territoryâ€™s agricultural school.Â
Right after World War I, students felt it was time to hop on the popular bandwagon of displaying your schoolâ€™s letter on the side of a mountain, and the Aggie â€œAâ€ was born.
The college decided Dec. 12 was a special day and students worked six hours to erect the landmark. Funny thing: The school didnâ€™t own the land and had to strike a deal with landowner R.G. Maxwell to â€œnegotiateâ€ a lease. How much you ask?: $1.
Decades later, the Rams still get together to whitewash our Aggie â€œA.â€ I mean, it is tradition.
Comatose, the Army ROTC cannon
Donâ€™t be alarmed when the Ramsâ€™ touchdowns are paired with a loud, warlike cannon boom. Itâ€™s just CSUâ€™s Army and ROTC students manning the 1897 French A4 cannon.
Since 1954, ROTC has fired the cannon for every scoring play against our opponents â€” they mean business.
Bill Morganâ€™s noseÂ
Yes, most everyone has a proboscis. But former CSU President Bill Morganâ€™s nose is lucky, some say.
Serving the university for 20 years, Morgan was an economist who played a part in the making of Franklin Rooseveltâ€™s New Deal and helped implement the Marshall Plan in Europe.
If youâ€™re an economics major, you may want to visit his statue in the entryway of The Morgan Library for some much-needed good luck before those final exams.
Now that youâ€™re familiar with some of the traditions left behind by former Rams, you young rammies, get to go make some of your own.
But always remember to take to The Stump if youâ€™ve got something to say, appreciate your Aggie â€œAâ€, rub Bill Morganâ€™s nose before your exams and for the love of all things green and gold, bring back Fumâ€™s Song.
Assistant News Editor Kirsten Silveira can be reached at email@example.com.