Michigan State University

SCHOOL TRADITIONS

Nickname:  Spartans
School Colors:  Green & White
Mascot:  Sparty

SPARTANS & SPARTY

During the early 1900’s, students at Michigan Agricultural College were known as “Aggies.” When the name was changed to Michigan State College in 1926, “Aggies” was replaced by the wi... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

MSU Fight Song In 1913, following wins against powerhouses Michigan and Wisconsin, student and “Yellmaster” Francis Irving Lankey was inspired to compose a fight song for the football team. The song was not published until 1919 when Lankey, who had become an instructor for the Army Air Corps after graduation, was killed in an air demonstration. At the 1919 Homecoming... (more)

MSU ROCK

A gift of the class of 1873, the Rock was once used by Michigan Agricultural College students to study mineral contents. The Rock quickly became a meeting spot... (more)

KISSING BENEATH BEAUMONT TOWER

In order to prove you are a "true Spartan,” and to ensure you marry your sweetheart, legend has it you must kiss  in either the shadow of the tower or at midnight in Beaumont courtyard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dI72kFHwfs&feature=relmfu... (more)

WALKING ALONG THE RED CEDAR RIVER

The Red Cedar River (a tributary of the Grand River, the longest river in Michigan) has long been a natural icon for Michigan State students. Stroll along the Red Cedar River through the tall, lush trees where c... (more)