Listed below are some of UTC's most popular traditions of yesterday and today.
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CART RACES (Homecoming)
One of the most popular Homecoming traditions is the running of the mattress cart race down Oak Street.
As one of the most popular events during Homecoming week that continues today, the Oak Street mattress race has seen some pretty unique and fun cart designs and thrilling finishes.
A tradition that's dirty to the core. Popular mainly in the late '80s and '90s, Oozeball became one of the most sought after activities for students and faculty alike.
The court, or "pit", consisted of 6 inches of water-filled mud, which took 3 days to fill and get ready for play.
The PATTEN CHAPEL RUSH
Another ongoing tradition at UTC is when the new members of campus greek organizations run out the doors of Patten Chapel to join their cheering new families at the end of Rush week in the beginning of the fall semester of each year.
In early 2007, as part of a campus beautification project, a number of inscribed concrete seals were placed in Heritage Plaza along the Pedestrian Park near the University Center. Soon after they were installed several students walked on top of them. Later they subsequently learned that they failed their final exams. The ancestors of our University's past must be "alive" in wanting to maintain their heritage.
So the word to the wise is "Don't Step on the Seals!" or you too may fail your exams.
DELTA SIGMA THETA STEPDOWN
Another tradition that continues today to cause much excitement within the student body on campus is the annual Stepdown, held during Homecoming Week. The stepdown is officially sponsored each year by Delta Sigma Theta and involves various student organizations in a fierce competition on who can show the best moves.