Aggie traditions include some more than a century old
Utah State University has a rich history of traditions that build unity and pride among all who attend. Many of these are more than a century old.
"These traditions are what sets Utah State apart from other universities. Sure, other schools have traditions too, but not as emphasized as USU," said Tiffany Evans, a USU alum.
Some of these traditions include True Aggie Night, Week of Welcome, Hello Walk, Ag Week, Homecoming, ROTC History, the Fight Song, the Scotsman, and Robins Awards.
The University of Utah, one of Utah State's rivals, did not have any information about its traditions on their webpage. The webmaster said they do have traditions, but they were not listed anywhere.
Emily Holmes a transfer student from the U, said, "It is cool that USU puts so much emphasis on the traditions here. At the U we knew we had them, but they were never emphasized. It is cool that so many different organizations are involved with each tradition."
Brigham Young University, another rival, has only three traditions listed on its webpage.
Tyra Leonard, a transfer student from Idaho State University, said, "Traditions are important, they keep your heritage alive and give you pride. ISU hardly had any traditions that I knew about. If you don*t have traditions there is nothing to hold you to the university and give you that sense of pride."
Like Texas A & M University's Howdy Days, where you say howdy to everyone you see on campus, USU has many traditions centered around service.
"I really like Christmas Tree Lane, when all the club decorate a Christmas Tree to give to needy families in Cache Valley and display them for students to see. It gives students the opportunity to serve in a good cause," said Kristen Marshall a USU student.
Homecoming is a large tradition at Utah State because "it brings alumni back and gives them an opportunity to participate in traditions they might have implemented, or been a part of in the past," said Brad Bishop, Interfraternal Council president.
USU has had great success in the eleven varsity sports they have. Students are key supporters at athletic events. At games, students show their support and enthusiasm by singing the Fight Song and the Scotsman. The Scotsman was written in 1898 to sing at different events on campus, and has evolved into today's version using different arm motions to excite crowds for athletic events.
"I think the tradition of the Scotsman is awesome. It builds school spirit and helps us cheer on the team. I don't know of any other school that has something like it!" said Andy Dilley, ASUSU activities vice president.