RAM Pride begins with AGGIE History
|From the school colors to the mascot there have been a number of
traditions throughout the 62 years as the Aggies. Colorado State
University is known as the Rams today but do you know who the
mascots were before that? How did the school get its colors and what
is up with that big "A" on the mountain west of town? Ever jump at
the sound of a cannon following a touchdown? Everything you did or
did not want to know about Aggie Traditions. (CSU Traditions too)
|School Colors - Green and Orange or Green and Gold
The color most associated with the Aggies and Colorado State
University has been green, officially described as "Forest
Green". Today the secondary color is gold, officially described
as "Vegas Gold". However, there has been a long debate of
when gold became the secondary color because during the
Aggie era both gold and orange continued to show up.
According to the February 1893 Collegian the school colors of
"Green and Orange" were chosen by the first football team and
their "rooters" before the game against Longmont Academy.
There has never been a reason why green and orange were
chosen as the school colors but in the 1895 Silver Spruce the
class of 1896 had their colors as lavender and cream . Although
it cannot be known for sure, it is possible green and orange had
a significance toward a particular graduating class.
These colors remained in tact even after Ellis banned football in
1894 and resurfaced in numerous publications into the first
decade of the 20th Century. In 1903, one publication stated that
the school colors of green and orange stood for "Alfalfa and
Squash" for the agricultural roots of the school. In 1909, the
football team was getting sick from the green die in their
uniforms and the Collegian reported that the school should
change it's colors to "Orange and blue...a more stable and solid
combination, they appear to match very well." (Green
remained the primary color)
In 1914, an early mention of Gold as the secondary color was
made when the letter winners received "green sweaters with a
gold "A" on them." Some publications had the secondary color
as gold and others described it as gold but it appeared to be
orange. The change to gold appears to coincide with Charles
Lory becoming college president in 1909.
Into the 1950's it was easy to see gold (usually yellow) and
orange as the secondary school color in everything from
pennants to football schedules however, the secondary color
was always described as gold regardless of how it looked.
In 1993 a true "Vegas Gold" was introduced when Sonny
Lubick took over as head coach of football. The yellow
disappeared and a bright gold
is seen in all CSU uniforms today.
|The Big "A" on the Mountain
Any visitor to Ft. Collins cannot miss the
large white letter "A" on the hog-back
mountain west of town. A closer look at the
massive letter shows that it is actually made
up of boulders in the shape of the letter and
painted white for easier viewing.
This moniker first showed up in 1923 and
was enlarged and painted white in 1924. The
letter was placed on the mountain as a form
of school pride and to make a tradition of
having the freshmen paint it each year.
Today it is still painted each fall, not just for
tradition but because the FAA requires it to
be seen from the air as a land marker for
planes. When some students wanted to
remove the "A" and replace it with an "R" in
the 1980's it was the FAA that prevented it
With Hughes Stadium just below the "A" this
moniker remains as the largest and best
reminder that CSU is, was and always will
be an agricultural school.
|The ROTC Cannon
|Ringing the Bell in Victory -
One old tradition lost to the ages is for
freshmen students to ring the bell at
Old Main after a victory. The original
bell (seen above) was cracked around
1919 and the clapper stolen a few
years later. The bell itself was stolen
according to Dr. George Glover
around 1925. A replacement bell was
purchased in 1923 but never hoisted
into the Old Main bell tower. When
Old Main burned down in 1970, there
was no bell in the belfry. (Clarence
Oldemeyer Collection, 1917)
|Come On Aggies
(Melody, On Wisconsin)
"Come on you Aggies
Come on you Aggies
Plunge right through that line.
Run the ball clear around the end;
A touchdown sure this time.
Come on you Aggies
Come on you Aggies
Fight on for your Fame
Fight! Fellows, Fight! Fight! Fight!
And win this game!"
|Come on, Aggies
(1920 version, 1st & 2nd Verses)
Come on, Aggies; Come on, Aggies;
Plunge right through that line,
Run the ball clear 'round the end,
A touchdown sure this time.
Come on, Aggies; come on, Aggies;
Fight on for her fame,
Fight, fellows, fight
And we will win this game
Come on, Aggies; cheer now Aggies,
Cheer for CAC
We will do our best to show the rest,
Our faith and loyalty.
Come on, Aggies; Cheer now, Aggies;
Cheer for CAC
Live will show the love we know,
Found in the 1920 Aggie "Handbook",
this song was not
identified by a melody.
Go now, you Aggies
Break right through that line,
With our colors flying,
we will cheer you all the time.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Go now, you Aggies,
Fight for victory,
Spread far the fame
of our fair name.
Go now, Aggies,
win that game
Colorado A! Colorado A!
Hit 'em hard, hit 'em low;
Go now, Aggies, GO!
|An Aggie Cheer - 1920
(Leader) Who's Hughes?
(Crowd) Oh, He's the coach!
Oh, he's the coach!
Of the Aggie, Aggie, Aggie
|The Green & The Gold
Again no melody was given for this football
song that was a regular for Aggie students.
Come, we will sing together
Once more that ringing song,
A strain that the coming classes
Unceasingly shall prolong.
The praise of our Alma Mater,
Dear Aggies, thy sons so keen,
Will cherish thy recollections
An swear by the Gold and Green.
Fadeless still the laurels
won by the football team;
Here's to the knights of the diamond,
Bright may their vict'ries gleam;
No fear, for tomorrow's struggle
will ever new triumphs glean,
While the sturdy sons of CAC
Press on with the Gold and Green
Through the years before us,
Life's skies grow dull and gray,
The friends of our youth are scattered,
we journey our lonely way;
Sweet memories long will linger
of that oft-inspiring scene,
When the field of Colorado
Wes decked with the Gold and Green
|Fum's Original Song
|If you thought Fum McGraw made up "Fum's Song"
then think again. "College Days" was a long
standing song when McGraw was a sophomore in
1947. It is easy to see that "Fum's Song" is a
parody of "College Days." Once you read this, you
can see why Fum made up a new one.
Sing me a song of college days,
Tell me where to go.
Denver for her pretty girls,
Colorado where they grow.
Boulder for her chappies,
The Mines for jolly boys.
CC for her mushroom growth,
But for true sports, CAC
(Tune: "I've Been Working on the Railroad")
We hear a lot about Boulder,
They call it U of C.
And there's Colorado College,
But it is no place for me.
The School of Mines is found at Golden
And there's Denver U.
But dear old Aggies,
Our hats are off to you.
|They're Going Over
Another song we don't know the melody for but
racked with meaning. This song must have come
about after the November 13, 1915 game against
Colorado College that gave the Aggies their first
championship. It talks of ringing the bell at Old Main
in victory, singing the "Come on, Aggies" song and
the parade in December of 1915 for the
They're going over, they're going over,
Our Aggie team is working fine,
And they're going through the line.
They're going over, they're going over
They'll make a touchdown sure this time,
And we'll show the Tigers
What the Aggie boys can do
As we go cheering on.
And our Green-capped frosh
Will ring the college bell again
When our Aggie boys have won
And we'll make the Tigers
Give three cheers for CAC.
Then we'll come marching home.
And our band will play
The good old "Come on Aggies", tune
As we come marching home.
|From the 1899 season
Hayseed, Pumpkin, Squash
C.A.C. We are B'Gosh