homecoming fun facts
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- The school colors of Indiana State University since
1899, when it was announced the Yale Blue and White
would replace the colors of Salmon Pink and White. The
colors are also applied to the Blue and White Parade and
the Blue and White Dance held during Homecoming each
- The term Homecoming was first used in print
announcements for the Alumni-Varsity Basketball Game on
December 9, 1916. By 1919 this even became known as Blue
and White Day and featured dances and entertainments for
alumni of the Normal School.
- In 1921 the events were organized around a fall
football game. A bonfire and pep rally were added to the
festivities in 1922; the Blue and White Parade in 1923;
and in 1937, Bette Whitmore (Kappa Kappa) was elected
Homecoming Queen. Marvin Houghlain
was crowned the first Bachelor of the Year in 1956.
- In 1921 a contest was held to pick a name for the
athletic teams at what was then called the Indiana State
Normal School. Until this time, the term "Fighting
Teachers" was frequently used in press accounts of
athletic contests. In January 1922, it was announced
that the name Sycamores had won a popular vote of the
student body. Indiana State University has used this
team name ever since.
- Past Homecoming activities have included a Blue and
White formal dance, bonfire, greased pole race, Yell
Like Hell cheer contest, ice cream social and Sycamore
- The Indiana State Tricycle Derby was first run in
1963 as a 10-lap race around the sidewalks of the
Quadrangle on children's tricycles. The races featured a
men's and women's division (the Powder Puff Derby). The
races now feature men's and women's teams racing on
specially built tricycles at the new Recreation East
complex at Ninth and Sycamore streets.
- March On (You Fighting Sycamores),” the University’s
fight song, was authored and arranged by Joseph A.
Gremelspacher, professor of music, as a pep song. It was
first performed at a Homecoming pep rally on Oct.
- The university dropped its homecoming queen and king
(referred to as Bachelor of the Year at ISU) in 1991.