When I hear the word “tradition” I have fond memories of the many rehearsal hours during college listening to the song “Tradition” from the Fiddler on the Roof musical. Now, as an alumnus of George Fox and member of the alumni board, I’ve been reflecting on traditions we had during my college years. Some traditions continue today, such as the Bruin Brawls, and new traditions have begun since then such as the Christmas on the Quad event held each December.

A new tradition began at George Fox on Nov. 17, 1894, and it continued until 1968. Football. As announced earlier this year, George Fox will resume playing the sport in 2013. 

So why am I talking about this now? I’ve had the opportunity to attend big-time college football games at the University of Michigan and Auburn University. Both of these schools have long-standing traditions that surround each home football game, besides the many tailgate parties. At Michigan, the cheerleading squad, dancers and marching band parade through the streets from the music building to the stadium. At Auburn, they have “The Tiger March,” in which the Auburn Tiger mascot leads the cheerleading squad and entire football team through the streets from campus to the stadium. Large crowds gather for these traditional events every home game.  

As George Fox alumni, we have a wonderful opportunity to bring back old football traditions, such as ringing the victory bell after each win, and the opportunity to dream up and plan new football traditions as we look forward to that first home game in 2013. If you have fond memories from past George Fox football traditions or suggestions for new traditions, please e-mail them to the alumni office. We’d love to hear your ideas.

See you at the game. Go Bruins!

Steve Hockett