Also known briefly as “Campus Weekend,” Junior Weekend was one of the largest events of the year. Originally organized by the junior class, the weekend was held at the end of each May. It celebrated the advancement of class status during the Burning of the Green, and also featured the “Rook-Soph Tug-of-War” in which the freshman and sophomore classes would complete in the classic contest held over either side of a muddy creek. One of the highlights of the weekend was a preview of The Beaver, the yearbook put together by the junior class. By 1940 the AWS carnival merged with the weekend before being renamed as the Junior Carnival, a popular attraction as late as the 1970s.
During the 20th century, spirit at Oregon State went through a lot of change as many traditions have come and gone. Some of the traditions have involved athletics, while others have simply embraced our alma mater. Enjoy your daily sampling of some of guest blogger Ben Forgard’s favorites!