Lauren Griffin is going into her junior year at LSU. She is studying Accounting with a minor in Mass Communication. At LSU, Lauren is involved with LSU Ambassadors and is a member of Student Government. She also served on student staff for the S.T.R.I.P.E.S. program and has a part time job a campus tour guide. This summer, Lauren is the Parent Orientation Leader for the E. J. Ourso College of Business.
Something that I think truly sets LSU apart is its rich history and traditions. They are clearly evident no matter where you go on campus, and it is one of my favorite aspects about this great university.
Originally, LSU was a military school, also known as the Old War Skule. There is a large green grassy area on campus where today, many students spend lots of leisure time. However, that area, also known as the parade ground, was built for the soldiers to do drill practice. The parade ground sits right in front of one of the oldest structures on campus, the Memorial Tower. One hundred and seventy five feet tall, this building was dedicated to veterans affiliated with LSU who served in World War One. There is another structure located on the parade ground that is dedicated to LSU veterans that served in all wars from World War Two up until the present. Also, being that LSU was a military school, our colors were originally blue and white. Charles E. Coates, a former faculty member, was actually responsible for our colors being changed to purple and gold. He was our football coach for an away game against Tulane. LSU and Tulane had a huge rivalry, so to show our school spirit he sent all the fans out to buy spirit ribbons, noise makers, etc. Being that the game was in New Orleans, everything was either purple, gold, or green. Tulane’s color was green, so naturally the fans bought anything purple and gold they could find. The colors stuck and a few years later became LSU’s official colors.
Now enough about the history. Let’s talk traditions! As we all know, LSU’s football team has a very strong following so it is only natural that there are lots of traditions that go along with it. For every game day, you are sure to see the Golden Band from Tigerland march down Victory Hill to lead our team into victory. Once inside of the stadium, Mike the Tiger makes an appearance. But there is only one parking spot in Tiger Stadium, which just so happens to be right outside of our opponents’ locker room door. That’s right, they have to run out to a live tiger! Then, one of my favorite moments of the whole game is when you hear the announcer say the famous words “Chance of rain?” and hearing a resounding “NEVER” that shakes the stadium. But our traditions don’t stop when you leave Death Valley. On a daily basis we are reminded of our school spirit by the beautiful melody of our alma mater playing from the Memorial Tower. Another popular tradition is to go under the tower at midnight on Valentine’s Day with your significant other and kiss. This signifies that you are an official LSU couple.
LSU’s history and traditions are very near and dear to my heart because it makes me feel like I am part of something bigger than myself. LSU was here way before me and it will continue on after
I graduate. If I could stay at LSU forever, I would. It’s a place that gets in your blood and stays there. But being that becoming an eternal college student isn’t an option, being able to pass down these histories and traditions helps me feel like I am forever going to be a part of LSU.