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April 2010

Talking about tradition

Class jackets. Rat day. Dressing up Charlie's statue. Walking around the clock tower instead of under it. What traditions — official or unofficial — do you remember from your student days?

After the conclusion of the Chancellor's New Student Convocation in early fall, Adriel Lyles and his classmates expressed their UNCG spirit by placing daisies, the university flower, in Adriel's hair.

After the conclusion of the Chancellor's New Student Convocation in early fall, Adriel Lyles and his classmates expressed their UNCG spirit by placing daisies, the university flower, in Adriel's hair. Daisies have long been a part of university tradition. It was chosen as the official school flower in 1893, inspiring the first school colors of gold and white.


Today's students are interested in learning more about the things that make UNCG uniquely UNCG. And alumni are invited back to share their WC/UNCG stories from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 28 in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

“Chapel Hill and Duke are touted as historical institutions,” said senior Megan Letchworth, president of the Residence Hall Association and organizer of the event. “We want everyone to know we have a rich history as well.”

The idea of educating students about traditions sprung out of an initiative with the university's Housing and Residence Life department. As students began to learn about daisy chains and class colors, they thought about what they had been missing.

“So many traditions have fallen by the wayside,” Megan said. “We want to pick them back up and make them exciting for students.”

As a result, a week-long celebration will bring back some of the traditions such as the spring tea party in Taylor Garden and a celebration of class colors. The color for this year's seniors? Green.

The Wednesday evening story sharing event is part of that week. Megan, who lives in Mary Foust Residence Hall, said the evening is modeled after the annual Warren Ashby Residential College alumni story night. “It's always entertaining,” Megan said.

Those who attend on the 28th can expect a relaxed atmosphere. Megan hopes alumni will feel comfortable enough to stand up and tell stories as they come to them. Stories can be about traditions, but they can also simply be about what it was like to be here as a student.

“Hopefully, this will help students brush up on our history and take pride in the university they attend.”

 

 

 

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