Thursday, April 21, 2016

“True Aggies” share their favorite True Aggie Night memories on social media

By Braden Clark                                                                            
Friday marks the 100 year anniversary of Utah State University’s “True Aggie Night,” and students, alumni and lucky bystanders have been sharing their favorite True Aggie Night moments on social media in honor of the celebration.
“My favorite memory of True Aggie Night has to be when I kissed Mr. USU, Kurt Kowal, on the A,” said Lynette Erickson, a student at Utah State University, on her Instagram.
True Aggie Night started in 1916 when several students at Utah State built the “Block A” for their campus. The Block A changed locations a few times before finding a final resting spot at the top of Old Main Hill. Despite varying locations, students would gather in long lines to kiss on the Block A and become “True Aggies.”
“When we were in college it was a really exciting tradition to be a part of,” said Tresha Haymond, who graduated from Utah State in 1990. “I see the pictures students have now, and we didn’t have that luxury of keeping those memories.”
However the night can be exciting for some, there are those out there feel like True Aggie Night is not a positive experience.
Current Utah State student JC Thomas, along with other students, took to social media to share their side of the story.
“All my friends want to go to True Aggie Night, but all I would rather stay in my bed and eat ice cream,” Thomas tweeted.
“I would like to say not going to True Aggie Night tomorrow,” said Michael Kay, a student at Utah State, over Twitter, “why go if I’m just going to stand there and be cold?”
Not all the tweets have been negative, but some of the seniors have nostalgia on their last True Aggie Night as an undergraduate.
“Last True Aggie Night forever for me. Not sure if I can handle it,” said Jason Charles, a graduating senior at Utah State University, over Twitter. “Many great memories on that A.”
As students began to share their memories over social media some things stood out to many such as proposals to one another, members of the LBGTQIA becoming True Aggies in front of their fellow students, and the entertaining and fun atmosphere.
“Utah State really does it better than most of the universities here in Utah,” said Brittnee Peace, a student at the University of Utah. “I know a lot of the universities have tried to recreate the atmosphere that is created in Logan, but it just doesn’t feel the same. Almost like the other schools are trying too hard to be like the Aggies.”
Although Utah State was the first in the state to start the tradition, other schools across the state have started their own version of True Aggie Night. For example, in Orem, Utah Valley University has its “True Wolverine Night” in the middle of their campus’ patio in front of a “UVU” fountain.
“It’s alright down here,” said Brandon Montague, a student at Utah Valley and a True Aggie, “but it’s better in Logan. It’s different down here, because it’s so new and nobody really goes to it. If you’re not there in the first 10 minutes then you’d best leave, because all the candidates would be gone.”
Other schools like Dixie State, Weber State, University of Utah and Snow College have similar traditions, but Utah State’s True Aggie Night started the trend.
Anyone can become a True Aggie by receiving a kiss on the Block A under a full moon at midnight by somebody who already is a True Aggie, or on Homecoming or A-Day by somebody who is not.

The 100 year anniversary of True Aggie Night begins Friday night and goes through Saturday morning. Students are encouraged to attend the event, by their student association, as the school concludes its semester and “A Week.”

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