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by Emma Thomas

E is for Emory University

A University Alphabet

  • A is for Auburn University
  • In Toomer's Corner
  • 2 oak trees stand
  • After a football win
  • Toilet paper fills the land





One of Auburn University‘s traditions is the Tiger Walk. Aubie’s Tiger Walk started in 1960. Excited fans line up on Donahue Drive and cheer the team as the players walk from the athletic complex to the field. Usually, 20,000 fans line up to see the players. The most famous walk was on December 2nd, 1989, Auburn vs. Alabama.



Boston University’s mascot is the Boston Terrier. His name is Rhett. Rhett gets his name from Rhett Butler, a character from ¨Gone with the Wind¨, a movie. They picked this because ¨no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett.¨ The terrier has been their mascot since 1922. In 1977, they changed Rhett‘s looks to be ferocious and to look less like Mickey Mouse.

  • B is for Boston University
  • Boston University
  • Scarlet and white
  • They love to play sports
  • and won't go down without a fight


Cornell University celebrates Dragon Day. During Dragon Day, 1st-year architecture students build a dragon. After building the dragon, undergraduates walk around the campus holding their dragon. When they reach the Arts Quad, they light the dragon on fire. This festival started when a class of 1901 started walking around campus with a model dragon. So every year now, Cornell students build their dragons and have fun!


Cornell University celebrates Dragon Day. During Dragon Day, 1st-year architecture students build a dragon. After building the dragon, undergraduates walk around the campus holding their dragon. When they reach the Arts Quad, they light the dragon on fire. This festival started when a class of 1901 started walking around campus with a model dragon. So every year now, Cornell students build their dragons and have fun!




           c


  • C is for Cornell University
  • A private Ivy League school
  • Sits high upon a hill 
  • This school is very nice but
  • You should avoid the chill



Duke University is very dedicated to their basketball games. When playing against UNC, Duke‘s biggest rivalry, students tend to do this. According to students, the way you could attend this important game is by camping out of your dorms. Students camp out for about  1-2 months. The whole campus eventually turns into a tent city.

  • D is for Duke University
  • A duke tradition
  • Is a big bonfire
  • “Work hard, Play hard, Burn hard”
  • Is what they admire
  • E is for Emory University
  • Located in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The campus is big and grand
  • They have a lot of nature here and
  • It looks like a plantation land





Every year during Spring, Emory University celebrates Dooley’s week. Dooley was a skeleton that was used in a biology class in 1899. He became one of Emory's mascot and the Guardian Spirit at Emory. An unidentified student dresses up as Dooley in a skeleton costume. The unrecognizable student causes mischief around the school. “Dooley” goes into classes and dismisses them early. He also plays pranks on teachers and students, too.

  •    F is for University of Florida
  •    Orange and blue
  •    The Gators are here
  •    The Pride of Sunshine
  •     is loud so we can cheer


The University of Florida has two gator mascots, Albert and Alberta. U of F got their mascots because of Philip Miller. Philip Miller wanted to buy pennants for his store in Gainesville. Miller went to the Michie company to buy his pennants for his store. The manager asked Miller what animal he wanted on the pennant. Miller noticed that Yale had a bulldog and Princeton had a tiger. He realized that U of F had no mascot. So he put an alligator on the pennant because the alligator was one of Florida's state animal. 


The University of Florida has two gator mascots, Albert and Alberta. U of F got their mascots because of Philip Miller. Philip Miller wanted to buy pennants for his store in Gainesville. Miller went to the Michie company to buy his pennants for his store. The manager asked Miller what animal he wanted on the pennant. Miller noticed that Yale had a bulldog and Princeton had a tiger. He realized that U of F had no mascot. So he put an alligator on the pennant because the alligator was one of Florida's state animal. 


There‘s a famous rumor at Georgetown University. The rumor is if someone who’s applying steps on the Georgetown University Seal, which is in Healy Hall, he/she will not be accepted. If the person was a student, he/she would not graduate in 4 years. In 1844, Georgetown adopted the seal from Act of Congress. In the 1880s, Georgetown modified the seal to be its own.

  • G is for Georgetown University
  • Located in Washington D.C.
  • Georgetown is a historic town
  • A lot of landmarks stand here and
  • There’s fun all around
  •    H is for Harvard University
  • ¨The Statue of 3 Lies¨
  •    Older than calculus
  •    They celebrate ¨Ivy Day¨
  •     Isn't that fabulous

Veritas (meaning truth)


Located in Harvard University, a statue lies in the Harvard Yard. It's called ¨The Statue of 3 Lies.¨ In the inscription, it describes the statue, ¨John Harvard, Founder, 1638.¨ The 1st lie was that the state is not John Harvard. Daniel Chester French created the statue and Sherman Hoar was the model for the head of Harvard. The 2nd lie was John Harvard was not the founder, but the benefactor. The General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded the school. Lastly, the 3rd lie was that school wasn't founded in 1638, but in 1636.



If students are stressed with a test they have, they go rub Lincoln’s nose. In Lincoln Hall, there is a statue of Abraham Lincoln. Students rub his shiny nose for luck on their test or exam. Over the years of rubbing Lincoln’s nose, his nose turned shiny and gold. This custom has been going on for over 15 years! 

  • I is for University of Illinois
  • In Urbana, Illinois
  • The Alma Mater stands
  • With wide arms open
  • You can hold her hand
  • J is for Jacksonville State University
  • Cocky the Gamecock
  • White and red
  • He’s very nice but
  • Don’t shave his head


In the 1880s, Jacksonville State was called JS Normal School. Fans used to call for the eagle owl, so JSU could win a game. In 1946, JSU wanted the eagle owl to be their mascot. People thought that the eagle owl would not work because none were found in the United States. They originated from Europe and Asia. Also, the team's name was something of a turkey. As the school evolved from JSNS, JS Teachers College, JSC, and then JSU. The mascot changed from an eagle owl to a Gamecock.


Purple Power Play is 2 days of celebration. Purple Power Play is usually before the first home football game. During those two days, students cheer for Kansas, watch fireworks, and try the food at the booths in the park. This year it will be on August 30th and 31st. Also, Purple Power Play is always on a Thursday and Friday. Such activities are Band Pep Rally, Groove 42, Dance studios, Marching bands, etc.

























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  • K is for Kansas State University
  • Kansas loves their dogs
  • And honors them in a hall of fame
  • It’s a big museum in Kansas 
  • And they don’t put them to shame
  • L is for Louisiana State University
  • They have a lot of sports traditions
  • Especially for football
  • The Golden Girls, Painting your dog
  • This is fun for all




One thing happens every day at LSU. LSU‘s own memorial tower or Campanile bell tower plays LSU’s Alma Mater. An Alma Mater is a song/anthem of a college/university. For every university, Alma Maters are played before a football game. It is played every day at noon at LSU. This reminds students what it’s like to be a tiger, even though it’s so simple. 



U of M colors come from a simple and natural thing. The colors are orange, green, and white. These colors from Florida’s state tree/fruit, the orange tree. Orange comes from the fruit, orange. White is from the orange blossoms. Green for the emerald green leaves. The colors were selected in 1925.


  • M is for University of Miami
  • At the beginning of the 4th quarter
  • Miami fans and players hold up 4 fingers
  • That means Miami will win the last round
  • And the players won't linger
  • N is for Northwestern University
  • The month of May brings
  • Dillo Day 
  • It's a music festival 
  • Where students come and play


Guarding and painting the rock is a very entertaining thing to do at Northwestern University. This started when the class of 2019 gave the University a fountain. The fountain was first painted in the 1940s. In 1989, while moving the fountain, it was dropped and broke apart. It was repaired, but not as a fountain, but as a rock. The tradition is that 1 student must guard the rock for 24 hours before it's painted on. Rumor is there’s a camera on one of the nearby buildings, so this “law’ is followed.


Ohio State University is known for its Script Ohio. Every time OSU has a football game, Script Ohio is spelled. OSU’s marching band would spell ‘’Ohio” in script. The person who dots the I is called the “i-dotter.” It’s a big deal being the “i-dotter.’’ Only sousaphone players are allowed to dot the i.

  • O is for Ohio State University
  • The Victory Bell is rung
  • After every game is won 
  • The school song is sung
  • And everyone has fun
  • P is for University of Pennsylvania
    William Penn
    Was an English quaker
    He was also the founder of Pennsylvania
    And he owns a lot of acres


Feb Club is an enjoyable month for senior students. Every day in February, seniors attend an event or activity. Some activities are boat club and snow tubing. Each event students go to, they earn points. The student that went to the most activities and earned the most points is the winner of Feb Club. That senior gets their name inscribed in Smokey Joe's Bar.


  • Q is for Quinnipiac University
  • Boomer the bobcat
  • Big and yellow
  • He’s quite friendly
  • What a nice fellow


Fall Fest is a live music festival at Quinnipiac. This outdoor concert has tunes, foods, and fun. The first Fall Fest took place in 2013. That Fall Fest only had country music, while today, it has all types of music. Quinnipiac loves their meatballs, so they always get the Local Meatball Food Truck to come. Last year, Tyler Hilton and Jamie Lynn Spears performed.

  • R is for Rutgers University
  • Rutgers Mascot
  • Scarlet Knight
  • He jabs with his sword
  • And it gives everyone a fright



Rutgers University is the “birthplace of intercollegiate” football. The first game was Rutgers against Princeton. The game took place in which today is College Avenue Gymnasium in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Rutgers won the game, 6-4. The game was played on November 6th, 1869. This game was also the first national championship.


An amusing tradition at Stanford is Fountain Hopping.  Fountain Hopping is jumping in water fountains around the campus. Stanford has at least 16 fountains. The most common fountain is The Claw. Red Fountain, Old Union Memorial Auditorium are the second most common fountains. This wet event usually happens in the spring, while Admit Week is going on.










































  • S is for Stanford University
  • Hoover Tower
  • Big and tall
  • Its beautiful during day
  • and wonderful at nightfall
  • T is for Tufts University
  • Charles Tufts 
  • Tufts’ Founder
  • He did a lot of thoughtful things
  • Surely he’s not a bounder


“Vandalizing The Daily Cannon”, is a crazy thing at Tufts. The cannon is a replica of a U.S. Constitution Cannon. The cannon is painted at night with some event detail or a message. The message could be about a marriage proposal, retirement, etc… If more than one group signs up the same night, the first group to get there gets to camp out next to the cannon to defend other groups from intruding.

  • U is for UCLA
  • If you want good luck
  • Touch the water in the Inverted Fountain
  • If you want good exercise
  • Hike Baldy Bowl Mountain


During a finals week, students take place in the Midnight Yell. Midnight Yell is a week for students to take a break from studying. This is a 15-year-old tradition. During the Midnight Yell, a scream session would happen. A student would start by opening their window and start to scream. Other students would join in. According to the students, this helps them relieve stress and tension.

  • V is for Vanderbilt University
  • Located in Nashville
  • Music is heard every day
  • Students at Vanderbilt
  • Come and play


The Commons Cup is a competitive activity for students at Vanderbilt. The Commons Cup is when freshmen dorms compete against other events all year long. The five categories are Academics, Athletics, Community Involvement, Service, and Sustainability. Academics include Fall Trivia and Spring Trivia. The Volleyball Tournament and Kickball Tournament are part of Athletics. Penny War is for Service. Commons Cup Kickoff Event is involved in Community Service. Lastly, Commons “Unplugged” Week, for Sustainability.

WILD is a festival held at WashU. It is held twice a year. This celebration is to get together with your friends, eat, and listen to live music. The first WILD festival was in 1973, this event was a movie screening. WILD stands for Walk Down Lay Down. In 1980, the event included movies and music. By 1990, the movies were taken away, and from today on, it’s just music festival.

  • W is for Washington University
  • Do you like mud
  • Do you like to fight
  • Participate in Holi and
  • Use all your might






































































































































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Xavier University has a dancing competition every year. It’s called Step Show. Stepping is an African-American dance tradition. The purpose of stepping is each dance has a story behind it. Students use their hands and feet to make a beat while using their bodies to show the story. Each year,  Xavier University get other colleges and universities to compete with them.

  • X is for Xavier University
  • Louisiana summers
  • Humid and hot
  • Louisiana winters
  • Will get rain on the spot


Yale University wasn't always named Yale. It was first named The Collegiate School. It was changed in 1701, and honor of Elihu Yale. Elihu Yale was the governor of the East India Company. East India Company was tied in with the Tea Act, Boston Tea Party, and the American Revolution. The school was named after him because he gave many gifts to the school.
































  • Y is for Yale University
  • If you like Harry Potter
  • Come to this holiday feast
  • Ice sculptures and elaborate pastries
  • But it’s not okay to eat like a beast
  • Z is for Zane State College
  • In Zanesville, Ohio
  • Humid and hot
  • The weather probably feels like
  • A burning pot


46 years ago, Zane State College has found their mascot. His name was Monado and he was a Bengal tiger. One day, students found him resting on the campus. The faculty didn’t want to hurt Monado, so they let him stay in the hospital dormitory. He would go to events. Monado ran away from the hospital dormitory. The next day, students found him in the woods. They brought him back to the campus. The professors saw that Monado got a disease in his earlier habitat. Sadly, Monado died after 2 months. Zane State honors Monado as their mascot.
















































































Boston University

Martin Luther King Jr

A leader of the Civil Rights Movement

Dates in BU: 1951-1955

 Emory University

Bobby Jones (Robert Tyre Jones Jr)

One of the best golfers in the world

Date in school: 1926-1929


FAMOUS ALUMNI (MEN)

University of Florida

Marco Rubio

United States Senator

Dates in school: 1993-1996 


 

Harvard University

Matt Damon

Actor

Date in school: 1988-1992

University of Pennsylvania

John Legend

Singer and Songwriter

Dates in school: 1995-1999
















University of Florida

Kate DiCamillo

An author

Dates in school: 1983-1987


Harvard University

Natalie Portman

Actress

Dates in school: 1999-2003

Famous Alumni (Women)

University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Banks

Actress and Director

Dates in school:1992-1996

Rutgers University

Carli Lloyd

Soccer player(USA Women's National Team)

Dates in school: 2001-2004

UCLA

Giada De Laurentiis

Chef, Writer, and Television Celebrity

Dates in school: 1992-1996

































"Home Town Colleges and Universities"

Today, there are about 5,300 colleges and universities in the United States. The difference between a college and a university is the size of the school. Universities tend to be bigger and have more students than colleges.