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Campus Events

Simon J. Bronner

in Campus Traditions

Published by University Press of Mississippi

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9781617036163
Published online March 2014 | e-ISBN: 9781621036173 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14325/mississippi/9781617036163.003.0006
Campus Events

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As they pursue learning away from home, family, and friends, college students are left on their own. Naturally, students seek other young, kindred spirits. College campuses promote social bonding, cultural growth, and self-development by holding a host of events such as games, sports, rituals, and festivals. In the old-time college, students typically take charge of their festive needs as members of a select society, but those in the modern mega-university are monitored by administrators. Among the holidays and events celebrated on many campuses are the Halloween, Christmas, Founder’s Day or Charter Day, spring festivals (known as “riots,” “rites,” “flings,” “fevers,” and “storms”), ritual tree plantings, May Day, and college football. In addition, students engage in festivities by drinking alcoholic beverages, disregarding the efforts of universities to curb drinking on campus. Whereas men participate in killer games and tugs-of-war, women maintain their share of customs through artistry and creativity.

Keywords: college students; campuses; games; sports; rituals; festivals; old-time college; mega-university; holidays; college football

Chapter.  21452 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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