School traditions are important at any university because they promote unity and a sense of school pride. Texas A&M University shows that every football season with its Twelfth Man tradition and the Aggie Bonfire, and the University of Texas at Austin shows that every time the tower in the center of campus is lit burnt orange after an athletic team’s victory.
But TCU doesn’t seem to have many traditions in which all of the student body takes part. Sure, new students are told of several traditions at orientation every year, like rubbing the nose of the horned frog statue in the center of campus for good luck before a test or holding up the university’s hand sign when you hear the chimes of Robert Carr Chapel play the alma mater. But have you ever seen anyone hold up his or her hand when the tower chimes every hour, on the hour?
Students here can boast about how beautiful their campus is or how friendly their classmates are, but school traditions and, in some cases, school pride, are lacking. Groups on campus should work to promote new traditions that will bring together members of the school community.
Frog Follies was a group skit competition that members of various student organizations participated in, and it used to be a tradition that occurred every Homecoming Week. But Frog Follies hasn’t been held for the past three years. This semester, however, the Student Government Association’s Programming Council has brought it back to campus.
Other student organizations should follow the lead and try to infuse more traditions into the university culture.
Associate editor Logan Wilson for the editorial board.