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TRADITIONS

Incoming Freshman participating in March Through the Arch

MARCH THROUGH THE ARCH

Each fall, new students pass through the Swanson Arch – the original entrance to ISU’s first building – to campus in a spirited ceremony. In May, graduates look to the future by passing back through the arch away from campus. This symbolizes entering campus as new students and exiting as Bengal alumni.

Fans at a football game

THE BLOCK

This is our neighborhood and we defend our block until the end. The Block – the Idaho State Student Section – begins with a tailgate at the Papenberg Sports Complex two and a half hours prior to game kickoff. The Block’s rowdy and energetic passion is the extra push the Bengals need when the game is on the line.

Students at the Homecoming bonfire

HOMECOMING BONFIRE

Many Bengals have witnessed the iconic Friday night blaze that signals the official beginning of Homecoming weekend. Truly a sight to see, the bonfire – and all the revelry that comes with it – unites all groups on campus and serves as a pep rally for the next day’s big game.

Theodore Turner and Bill 53

TURNER DAY

The “Father of ISU” – Theodore Turner – fought for a four-year school in Pocatello for more than 50 years and helped get a bill signed creating an independent, degree-granting, four-year school in Pocatello called Idaho State College. Bengals celebrate our alma mater’s independence with a day of service each March called Turner Day.

Students wearing Orange and Black for Bengal Wednesday

BENGAL WEDNESDAY

Every Wednesday is “Bengal Wednesday” in the Idaho State community. When you walk across campus – or wherever you are in the world – stand united with your fellow Bengals and wear orange and black each Wednesday with pride.

Giving the Benny statue a high five

GIVE BRONZE BENNY A FIVE

Call it luck, fortune, or plain old Bengal mystique, but the paw of the Bronze Bengal statue at the Quad Amphitheater is said to have “something special”. Rub, high-five or fist-bump the outstretched paw for some encouragement before that big test, presentation, or just to simply say you did it.

Bengals fans standing and clapping for the Fight Song

STAND AND CLAP FOR THE FIGHT SONG

One of the most visible ways to display your Bengal pride – whether young or old – is to stand and clap whenever you hear the Idaho State Fight Song played. Growl, Bengals, growl.

Football team at the begining of a game

BENGAL WALK

Game day on campus is a Bengal family affair, and as families do, we support each other. The Bengal Walk takes place before each home football game on the south side of Holt Arena as ISU football players greet fans who are there to support the team to victory. Embrace the Bengal game day spirit at Bengal Walk.

Students kissing at the red hill pillars

TRUE BENGAL

There is an old tradition – nobody knows exactly when it started – that you can only become a “True Bengal” if, at midnight on Homecoming, you kiss someone while touching one of the pillars on Red Hill.

African students in traditional garments

INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS

ISU is so proud of our diverse student body, which comes from more than 50 different countries. International nights are cultural festivals that celebrate our students’ cultures with food, performances, music and a raffle with different prizes from around the globe.

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