Santa Barbara: Traditions
Traditions at Santa Barbara, many of which were
begun in the 1920's, helped to preserve the warm and friendly atmosphere of
the campus and built closer relationships between faculty and students.
Each spring, a number of outstanding students were honored
at an awards banquet. A man and woman student who maintained good scholastic
standing and contributed four years of service and leadership to the University
were presented an honor copy of La Cumbre, the yearbook. The Associated Women
and Men Students organizations presented an award to an outstanding woman and
man. Students who rendered superior service to the Associated Students were
presented honor keys. Members of the student legislative council who contributed
to the work of that body were presented with Associated Students President Awards.
Awards were also given to outstanding graduates of each academic department.
Each fall, the Santa Barbara chancellor held a welcome
tea for new students and their parents. Vice-chancellors and deans also attended
and joined the receiving line.
Frosh Camp was a traditional part of the fall semester
orientation week and consisted of a three-day residence program on campus for
new students. For a fee, new students were provided room and board in residence
halls. Sponsored and directed by the Associated Students, the camp provided
three days of informational, recreational, and social activities. Student counselors
and faculty members guided small discussion groups on such topics as the grading
system, courses offered, student activities program, athletics, scholarships,
and loans. In addition, there were organized and informal social and recreational
opportunities, including campfires, dances, group singing, and beach games.
Members of the freshman class were required to memorize
the Frosh Bible. Any freshman student who did not wear the Frosh Beanie or who
could not demonstrate his study of the bible to the satisfaction of members
of Squires, the sophomore men's honorary society, was "branded" by having
green X's rubber-stamped on his forehead. Delinquent freshmen could be tried
and sentenced at the Frosh Tribunal. Frosh celebrated the end of registration
week by burning their bibles in the traditional Frosh Bonfire. Members of the
class wore their green beanies until the first touchdown of the fall football
Homecoming Week activities at Santa Barbara occurred
at the end of October or the beginning of November were held in connection with
a regularly scheduled football game which was designated as the Homecoming Game.
There was no traditional rival, since homecoming and football schedules changed
from year to year.
The weekend's events were supervised by
a Special Events Committee of the Associated Students. The Galloping Gaucho
Revue ran Wednesday through Friday nights before Homecoming Weekend. The revue,
like Berkeley's Big Came Axe Revue, was a variety show in which living groups
competed and was open to students, alumni, and the general public.
One of the highlights of the weekend was
the float parade held on Saturday morning. Living groups created elaborate and
colorful floats for the parade down Santa Barbara's main street. The Santa Barbara
Marching Band and other community hand and marching units also participated
in the parade. The parade's Grand Marshal was chosen from the alumni by the
Special Events Committee. On the Saturday evening following the football game,
a dance for students and alumni was held, during which the Homecoming Queen
was crowned and presented with the Donna Lorden Memorial Trophy, which was presented
to the Associated Students by alumnus Robert Lorden in memory of his wife. Traditionally,
the fraternities and sororities at Santa Barbara held breakfasts for their alumni
on the Sunday morning of the weekend.
Pushcart Races, sponsored by the Residence Halls Association,
began in 1960. The race course was on the Santa Barbara campus and later the
races were held on the parking lots. The event began with a push cart parade
for which the carts were decorated, then the decorations were stripped away
and the race began.
Nearly every week during the school year, recreation
nights were held to give students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to participate
in sports. Scheduled programs included everything from badminton to square dancing
Road Runner Revue
Road Runner Revue began in spring, 1932 as a one-cast
show which consisted entirely of original music and skits. Discontinued in 1953,
the revue was revived in 1960 by Hal Brendel and members of the Santa Barbara
Marching Band. The revue was open to all students and cast positions were obtained
by audition. The show consisted of partially original and partially copy-written
music centered on a theme chosen for each show.
Spring Sing began in 1949 as the Greek Sing and soon
expanded to include all living groups. Twenty to 30 groups participated each
year in both mixed and single divisions, competitive and non-competitive. Winners
of each division were awarded trophies, with an additional trophy awarded to
the sweepstakes winner.
In keeping with the predominantly Spanish atmosphere
of Santa Barbara, the totem of Santa Barbara was changed in 1934 from the Roadrunner
to the Gaucho.
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