Traditions of the 1920s

  1. Freshmen men wear green caps.
  2. There is no smoking on the campus.
  3. Follow the walks on campus.
  4. Make the acquaintance of your classmates and others as soon as possible, but do not be hasty in forming friendships.
  5. Read the "Easterner."
  6. Say "section," not sorority.
  7. Make the deans your personal friends.
  8. Attend all your class meetings and take an intelligent interest in their proceedings.
  9. Consult your school catalogue when in doubt about your course.
  10. Learn the school songs and yells and join in whenever you hear them.
  11. Learn the name of this college and use it correctly. You are now attending "Ball Teachers College."
  12. Always remember that you are judged by your manners and habits when outside the classroom.
  13. At social events, your chaperones and sponsors are your guests.
  14. Consult our advertisers--they are reliable.
  15. Join the "Y". It is the one comprehensive Christian Students' Organization.

From B Handbook, 1926-1927

Traditions of the 1930s

  1. There is no smoking on campus.
  2. Students make the deans their personal friends.
  3. Everybody reads The Easterner.
  4. All students learn the college songs and yells and join in whenever they are played.
  5. All college affairs receive the support of the entire student body.
  6. Students join the Y.W.C.A or Y.M.C.A.
  7. Students attend convocation
  8. No unsportsmanlike or ungentlemanly conduct is permitted at any athletic contest.
  9. All freshman men wear green caps.
  10. The annual freshman-sophomore scrap is held during the Home-Coming activities. If the freshmen win, they gain the right to remove the red button from their caps.
  11. Senior men wear cream "senior cords," and senior women wear jackets.

From the B Book, 1932-1933

The Leaf Rake

n 1943, the Student Executive Council sponsored a Campus Cleanup Day. Students were asked to rake leaves in two hour shifts between 8am and 4pm on Saturday, October 30th. A bonfire followed the cleanup efforts. Viewed also as a social occasion for students to meet other students and professors, later leaf rakes took place on Thursday afternoons followed by a pep session. Thursday afternoon classes were dismissed, apples given to the students and the band played to entertain them. In 1951, the University purchased a "power-driven leaf pulverizer" which ground the leaves into dust to be used as fertilizer. The central area of the campus was left untouched by the "pulverizer" for the leaf rake. The leaf rake continued to be held but on a much smaller scale.

Ball State Teachers College Leaf Rake, 1943

Ball State Teachers College Leaf Rake, 1943.

"Yesterday afternoon all Ball Staters really had a rip-roaring, super-terrific time raking leaves into mountain-like piles and throwing girls and professors into them."

November 7, 1952, Ball State Daily News