Aggie students celebrate old and new traditions

<p class=”p1″>Kissing under a full moon, famous ice cream, sledding down Old Main Hill and even riding naked on a bull statue are all part of the traditions that <span>USU’s</span> history is made of. </p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Traditions Week 2013 will kick off Monday and feature a variety of activities in which students can participate. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We just are trying to bring back a bunch of the traditions,” said Sloan Bailey, traditions director. “Every Friday, students used to wear their game day shirts to promote the athletic events for that weekend, so we’re trying to bring that back.”</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Sloan said one of the lesser known traditions is the Hello Walk.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“It’s been around since 1961 but hasn’t really happened in a while,” Bailey said. “Utah State University is known for being really friendly, so this is an opportunity for students to say hello to each other as they walk by.” </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Bailey said on Monday the sidewalk by the Quad will be lined with volunteers giving out hand warmers and treats to encourage the friendliness on campus.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>While some of the traditions are not very well known, one of the university’s most famous events is True Aggie Night. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Nobody really knows how the event started,” Bailey said. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>She said it originally began with the <span>Beno</span> club, a service club around 1917. The group’s monument was the A block. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“The only thing they can find is it was said that no girl could be a true Utah State coed unless she was kissed on top of the A, and so that’s probably the longest running tradition,” Bailey said. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Though True Aggie night will not be included in the week’s activities, it will be held on the night of the next full moon, Jan. 26.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“We are trying to focus really hard on all of the traditions that Utah State has,” Bailey said. “A new one that we kind of started last year was a game show.” </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Bailey said they have started to host some kind of game show on campus that students can get involved in.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Last year we did Deal or No Deal, and that was a huge hit,” Bailey said. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>This year it will be a Campus Feud based around the Family Feud game show. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>“Kind of a new tradition we’re trying to start,” Bailey said.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Another event will be the sweatshirt swap held Tuesday through Thursday in the <span>TSC</span> Hub. Students can trade in used <span>hoodies</span> for this year’s Traditions Week sweatshirts. All of the donations will be taken to The Road Home in Salt Lake City. </span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>Besides a free hoodie, Scotsman dogs and Aggie Ice Cream on the <span>TSC</span> Patio are also perks to showing up to campus this week.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>A concert is on the schedule for Friday. Indie rock band We Shot the Moon will perform at 8 p.m. in the <span>TSC</span> Lounges.</span></p>

<p class=”p2″><span class=”s1″>To read this article in its entirety, <a href=”” target=”_blank”>visit the Utah Statesma</a></span><span class=”s1″><a href=”” target=”_blank”>n website</a>.</span></p>

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