We are officially only three days away from the opening kickoff of the 2012 K-State football season! (I have personally been counting down the days for about 10 weeks now.) The entire campus has been buzzing about Saturday for what seems like ages. Recently, every conversation I have been in the comment, “I am so excited for the first game!” always seems to come up. But in honor of this first football game of the season, I am going to write 3 blogs about some of our most famous game day traditions here at K-State. I am also starting my “How to…” series where I will be posting on key things that every current and future K-Stater needs to know how to do. Tomorrow, I will be blogging on how to perfect one of our most famous (and fun!) traditions, the Wabash Cannonball. Friday’s post will be on how to fully enjoy Purple Power Play on Poyntz and of course the all important Wildcat Game Day. But today, I will start with How to Rock the Alma Mater and Wildcat Victory. It might seem simple, but there is a specific method to the madness.
The Alma Mater was originally written in 1888 by H. W. Jones. In the short 124 years since, it has been slightly altered to only include two of Jones’ stanzas instead of his original four, and the words “KSAC” have been changed to “KSU.” Here are my tips to perfect this timeless classic:
1. Memorize the lyrics! This will help prevent you from looking like the kid on the back risers in the junior high school music programs who didn’t memorize the lyrics and so he is just mouthing “watermelon” over and over again. Click here for a link to the lyrics.
2. Learn the physical motions to the song. This is fairly simple, especially since there are only two of them. To begin the song, you put your arms around the shoulders of the two K-State fanatics on either side of you. Then, you simply rock side to side with your entire row. You do this until you reach the lyrics, “K-S-U!” when you pump a fist in the air on each letter. You also repeat this on the words, “Hail, hail, hail!”
3. Try to at least sing semi in-tune. Since it is a slower, more subdued song, you don’t have to worry about belting it at the top of your lungs, but more on the notes themselves.
Written in 1927 by Harry E. Erickson, Wildcat Victory is the official fight song of Kansas State, and it is belted by the marching band and fans alike throughout the game. Here are my tips to mastering one of our most recognizable game day traditions.
1. Memorize the lyrics. You can find these by following the link for the Alma Mater lyrics as well.
2. Learn the physical movement to the song. These might be even more simple than the Alma Mater because you only need to clap to the beat and pump your fist. The fist pumping occurs three times after you sing, “fight-fight-fight!” It again occurs twice at the end for the words, “Go State!”
3. Belt it out at the top of your lungs! Unlike the Alma Mater, this is a rowdy and extremely loud tune. It’s not so much about how you are singing, but more on the volume that you are singing at. So bring out that loud voice you use in the shower and when you are alone singing in the car and just let it rip!
Finally, (since I know you all are dying to practice two of our most famous game day songs) here are two links of the K-State Marching Band to get yourself familiar with the tunes:
Alma Mater and Wildcat Victory