Dear 100 Hour Board,
Do you know any BYU secrets? Like if there are any hidden rooms, halls...and what about BYu traditions? (for holidays, sports, end of semester, graduation).
Yes, we know some secrets about all of that.
Well, I'll tell you about some traditions that we used to have that no longer exist (you can draw your own conclusions as to why).
1 -- they used to plow the field (where they have intramurals now) to turn up the loose soil, then the fire department would hose that puppy down 'till it was a lake of mud. Oh yea. They'd have weekly mud football games between the dorms (and they were huge -- way big rivalries and stuff). Compare that to the flag football that we have now. Bah.
2 -- they also used to pull in and plant a huge pole in the middle of that field and have 'greased pole climbing'! Is that the coolest or what?! I look at my pa's old pictures and wonder "if BYU's supposedly increased in wisdom and intelligence over the years, how in the world did they ever do away with the greased pole climb??". Baffles me.
What a great question! BYU has more secrets and traditions than any other place I know! Lots of BYU secrets are ones that almost everyone knows. Like the system of tunnels underneath campus. Many of us have seen workers servicing them across campus, and no one can resist peaking down the manholes. These tunnels are mostly for convenience and maintenance, but they're still cool. Or one of my favorite little-known facts: did you know there is a building on campus underneath the Tallmadge Building? It's call the Data Center, and it has lot of the computer stuff that keeps BYU running. There's lots of secrets around here, but none of 'em are too secret that no one knows 'em. And what about traditions? BYU oodles of traditions. There's the canned food drive competition that we have every year between BYU and the University of Utah. There's the Cougar Fight Song, Throwing Tortillas, Hiking the Y, Waiting for Missionaries, Buying Ice Cream for Roommates when you Smooch Someone, and Tunnel Singing. There isn't another place in all the world with more traditions than BYU, so you've come to the right place.
P.S. If you want to know more about myths and traditions on campus, the Daily Universe had an article about that topic earlier this year. You can still find it online at http://newsnet.byu.edu/story.cfm/39650.
First, I would like to state that throwing tortillas is NOT, I repeat, NOT, a tradition. This was begun by some people who don't realize that throwing objects onto the playing field could get a penalty called on BYU. After every BYU home win, the Victory Bell at the Marriott Center is rung. This has also happened after big road wins, such as 1994 when BYU beat Notre Dame 21-14 in South Bend. Another tradition at football games happens in the fourth quarter of a game when BYU is blowing out the other team. The band plays "Popcorn popping on the apricot tree" while the student body jumps up and down while the song plays. At basketball games, when an opposing players foul out, the student body chants "left, right" according to the players' footsteps until the player reaches the bench, when the crowd yells, "sit down" as the fouled out player takes a seat. As for other traditions, I don't know about many as BYU doesn't have some like other schools. Some may think that to be sad, but many schools have traditions that have ended up resulting in student deaths and other sad consequences that have to do with morality. Most of our traditions deal with our unique heritage and the world class education we receive at a very good price.