San Diego: Traditions
While the campus had established several traditions
by the mid-1960s, their history was short, since undergraduates
were not admitted to the campus until the fall of 1964.
Faculty Home Visitations
Trip To Baja California
Beach Parties were held on the beach in front
of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus about a half mile
from the Torrey Pines campus. One or two beach parties a year were
formally organized by the Student Affairs Office. They usually started
in the afternoon and lasted into the evening, with a fire, food,
volleyball, touch football, and often music and dancing.
Faculty Home Visitations
Faculty Home Visitations were held during
three evenings of registration week. Early in the week, the freshmen
students signed up to visit various faculty homes and were treated
to a small informal gathering with punch or coffee and cookies.
By 1968, 36 faculty members took part in the program, established
Frosh Beanies were distributed to members
of the freshman class at the Welcome Day picnic as a gift from the
UCSD Honorary Alumni. This tradition began with the first freshman
class to enter San Diego in the fall of 1964. The hats bore the
class numeral and were worn during registration week.
An honor code was established by the student
body in 1964 and was expanded into the dormitories which opened
for the first time in fall, 1965.
Trip to Baja California
The trip to the Escuela Superior de Ciencias
Marinas of the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California began during
Thanksgiving holiday in 1960, when a group of foreign students under
the direction of Norris Rakestraw, then foreign students' advisor,
visited the Mexican Marine Institution. The institution was located
in Ensenada and was part of the University of Baja, with headquarters
in Mexicali. At the time of the first trip, the Mexican marine school
had eight students and was under the direction of Professor Pedro
Mercado, an alumnus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Students
from the Mexican Marine Institution returned the visit a year later.
It developed into a twice-a-year visit, with San Diego students
visiting Mexico during Christmas holidays and Mexican students visiting
San Diego in May. For the last two years, the two groups played
soccer, the national game of Mexico. A perpetual trophy was held
by the winner. A total of nearly 250 faculty and students took part
in the visit to Mexico by 1968.
The Triton was selected by the undergraduates
in November, 1964 to be the school mascot. An official caricature
of the mascot had not yet been developed by the mid-1960's.
Following finals in the spring, a watermelon
was dropped from the seventh floor of Building B to see how far
it would splatter. A watermelon queen was chosen by the students.
Welcome Day was a picnic day hosted for the
freshmen and their families by the honorary alumni. It was held
outdoors in the Building B Plaza on the Sunday before the start
of registration week. Speeches of welcome were made and tours of
the campus were arranged.