LOGAN – Utah State University students have been meeting at midnight every Homecoming, A-Day or full moon to stand on the Block ‘A’ with someone else and receive a kiss. It’s an old tradition, and one that makes someone a “True Aggie.”
This year, A-Day happens to fall on the night of a full moon. If that wasn’t enough to make this True Aggie Night a special event, it is also the 100th year anniversary of the Block ‘A’. Because of those circumstances, USU traditions officer Maegan Kasteler said event organizers are going “above and beyond” for this year’s event which will start Friday at 7 p.m.
“One of the special things we are doing for the first time ever is an alumni and community-specific True Aggie Night earlier in the evening,” she said.
Kasteler said that from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. alumni and community members can participate “without the commitment of making it to a community event.”
The student version will still start at midnight, but there will be extra happenings.
“We are having live music from a man from Provo,” Kasteler said. “His name is John Allred. He’ll be performing. We’ll be giving away T-shirts and Chap Stick and it’s just going to be a night to remember.”
According to tradition, on a normal, full-moon True Aggie Night, one must kiss someone who is already a True Aggie. On Homecoming Night and A-Day, neither of the two kissers is required to be a True Aggie. That will be the case Friday night.
Kasteler said it is the 100-year anniversary of the Block ‘A’, but as for full-moon kissing to become a True Aggie, no one is sure about that.
“There is no actual record of when the True Aggie Night tradition itself started,” she said. “It kind of didn’t really start as a school-sanctioned event, so it has kind of been phased into the university as it has grown in popularity and in numbers.”
Kasteler said this year’s Homecoming event was the biggest True Aggie Night in 10 years. More than 900 people took their turns kissing on the Block ‘A’ for an hour and a half. She is expecting even more Friday night.
“I think it’s important that every Aggie becomes a True Aggie,” she said. “It’s truly a unique experience. We’re excited as a Student Alumni Association to be the keepers of this tradition. Other universities and other schools, they’ve tried to do similar things, but has never gained as much traction as it has at Utah State. It’s truly a unique and wonderful experience everyone should participate in.”