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11 Odd, Hilarious, And Awesome College Traditions

College is weird. But some schools celebrate that.

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11. Columbia University: Orgo Night

Via Flickr: jonbell

The night before the organic chemistry final, the Columbia Marching Band busts into the school library and makes an absolute ruckus (perhaps to lower the curve on the exam?), then parades around campus playing.

9. University of Pennsylvania: Throwing Toast

Via Flickr: lolololori

UPenn fans toss toast onto their football field during during the third quarter. They used to take an alcoholic toast, but Prohibition had to go and ruin the fun as usual. Inspired by the Rocky Horror picture show, students tossed bread instead.

8. Stanford University: Full Moon on the Quad

Via Flickr: thomashawk

This started as a cute way to welcome freshmen to campus – senior guys would line up and give freshman girls a kiss on the cheek and a rose. Now, it’s much more inclusive. Everyone kisses everyone! They offer mouthwash, which is nice.

7. University of Virginia: Streaking the Lawn

Via Flickr: mr_t_in_dc

There are many disputed and discontinued collegiate naked running traditions (see Tufts, UNC, University of Michigan), but none of them boast a mid-run kiss on the behind of a statue of Homer. That is, except for UVA’s naked run – the true Odyssey, if you will.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Pumpkin Drop


The Saturday before Halloween, pumpkins are dropped off of the tallest building on MIT campus (and in Cambridge) to the awe of huge crowds. You know, because of science and physics and stuff.

5. Dartmouth College: Polar Bear Swim


In February, students leap into a hole cut out of ice on the Occom Pond, and swim across it. Seems that winters in New Hampshire can mess with your self-preservation impulses.

3. California Institute of Technology: Ditch Day


It started simply – Caltech seniors all just took a day off. But the underclassmen started to prank senior rooms while they were gone, so seniors took some security measures; they made complicated puzzles that kept the underclassmen too busy to prank them.

2. Cornell University: Dragon Day

Via Flickr: tekniklr

First-year architecture students build a giant dragon and parade it to the Arts Quad, where it is ceremoniously eaten by fire. Engineering students heckle the architecture students, because there’s a rivalry between them … okay, Cornell.

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