University of Minnesota


In 1884, two University of Minnesota rugby players, John W. Adams and Win Sargent, decided to come up with a chant for their team. They came up with Ski-U-Mah: “Ski” is a Sioux battle cry meaning victory. “U-Mah” represents the University of Minnesota. Combining these together, they created a team cheer that meant victory to Minnesota. This cheer has been put into both official school songs, “Hail Minnesota” and “Minnesota Rouser”, as well as the band’s marching cadence.