Santa Barbara: Traditions
Traditions at Santa Barbara, many
of which were begun in the 1920's, helped to preserve the warm
and friendly atmosphere of the campus and built closer relationships
between faculty and students.
Each spring, a number of outstanding students
were honored at an awards banquet. A man and woman student who
maintained good scholastic standing and contributed four years
of service and leadership to the University were presented an
honor copy of La Cumbre, the yearbook. The Associated Women and
Men Students organizations presented an award to an outstanding
woman and man. Students who rendered superior service to the Associated
Students were presented honor keys. Members of the student legislative
council who contributed to the work of that body were presented
with Associated Students President Awards. Awards were also given
to outstanding graduates of each academic department.
Each fall, the Santa Barbara chancellor
held a welcome tea for new students and their parents. Vice-chancellors
and deans also attended and joined the receiving line.
Frosh Camp was a traditional part of the
fall semester orientation week and consisted of a three-day residence
program on campus for new students. For a fee, new students were
provided room and board in residence halls. Sponsored and directed
by the Associated Students, the camp provided three days of informational,
recreational, and social activities. Student counselors and faculty
members guided small discussion groups on such topics as the grading
system, courses offered, student activities program, athletics,
scholarships, and loans. In addition, there were organized and
informal social and recreational opportunities, including campfires,
dances, group singing, and beach games.
Members of the freshman class were required
to memorize the Frosh Bible. Any freshman student who did not
wear the Frosh Beanie or who could not demonstrate his study of
the bible to the satisfaction of members of Squires, the sophomore
men's honorary society, was "branded" by having green X's
rubber-stamped on his forehead. Delinquent freshmen could be tried
and sentenced at the Frosh Tribunal. Frosh celebrated the end
of registration week by burning their bibles in the traditional
Frosh Bonfire. Members of the class wore their green beanies until
the first touchdown of the fall football season.
Homecoming Week activities at Santa Barbara
occurred at the end of October or the beginning of November were
held in connection with a regularly scheduled football game which
was designated as the Homecoming Game. There was no traditional
rival, since homecoming and football schedules changed from year
The weekend's events were
supervised by a Special Events Committee of the Associated Students.
The Galloping Gaucho Revue ran Wednesday through Friday nights
before Homecoming Weekend. The revue, like Berkeley's Big Came
Axe Revue, was a variety show in which living groups competed
and was open to students, alumni, and the general public.
One of the highlights of the
weekend was the float parade held on Saturday morning. Living
groups created elaborate and colorful floats for the parade down
Santa Barbara's main street. The Santa Barbara Marching Band and
other community hand and marching units also participated in the
parade. The parade's Grand Marshal was chosen from the alumni
by the Special Events Committee. On the Saturday evening following
the football game, a dance for students and alumni was held, during
which the Homecoming Queen was crowned and presented with the
Donna Lorden Memorial Trophy, which was presented to the Associated
Students by alumnus Robert Lorden in memory of his wife. Traditionally,
the fraternities and sororities at Santa Barbara held breakfasts
for their alumni on the Sunday morning of the weekend.
Pushcart Races, sponsored by the Residence
Halls Association, began in 1960. The race course was on the Santa
Barbara campus and later the races were held on the parking lots.
The event began with a push cart parade for which the carts were
decorated, then the decorations were stripped away and the race
Nearly every week during the school year,
recreation nights were held to give students, faculty, and staff
an opportunity to participate in sports. Scheduled programs included
everything from badminton to square dancing and volleyball.
Road Runner Revue
Road Runner Revue began in spring, 1932
as a one-cast show which consisted entirely of original music
and skits. Discontinued in 1953, the revue was revived in 1960
by Hal Brendel and members of the Santa Barbara Marching Band.
The revue was open to all students and cast positions were obtained
by audition. The show consisted of partially original and partially
copy-written music centered on a theme chosen for each show.
Spring Sing began in 1949 as the Greek
Sing and soon expanded to include all living groups. Twenty to
30 groups participated each year in both mixed and single divisions,
competitive and non-competitive. Winners of each division were
awarded trophies, with an additional trophy awarded to the sweepstakes
In keeping with the predominantly Spanish
atmosphere of Santa Barbara, the totem of Santa Barbara was changed
in 1934 from the Roadrunner to the Gaucho.