On the banks of the Red Cedar, There's a school that's known to all; Its specialty is winning, And those Spartans play good ball...
If these lyrics sound familiar, then you are definitely a Spartan fan. The Michigan State University fight song was written originally in 1915 whenthe schoolwas called Michigan Agricultural College and its specialty was farming. Although the lyrics have been slightly modified over the years, the spirit remains the same. And on the spot of the original college building on the north side of campus Beaumont Tower rises and sings the praises of this school and the bells toll in rich tradition.
In July, this iconic symbol of MSU holds a weekly concert on Wednesday evenings and brings in carilloneurs from around the country and at times from around the world to play the carillon in a time-honored fashion. So pack a picnic supper, bring a blanket or chair and revel in a bit of MSU history. If you stick around after the concert, you will have a chance to climb the 73 steps up the tower to the playing cabin. Its quite a treat.
Also this year, Wanderers Teahouseis hosting Tea and Tai Chi prior to the concert for $10 per class with 10% of the proceeds going to the MSU Music School. Here is the remaining schedule for the summer: July 18, July 25, August 1. The classes being at 4:30 p.m. and the concert (free) begins at 6 p.m.
One of MSUs traditions is that if you kiss either in the shadow of the tower during the day, or at midnight in the Beaumont courtyard, it will prove that you are a "true Spartan?" It is also said that a Spartan is destined to marry their sweetheart if they kiss under Beaumont Tower.
MSU Fight Song
On the banks of the Red Cedar, There's a school that's known to all; Its specialty is winning, And those Spartans play good ball; Spartan teams are never beaten, All through the game they fight; Fight for the only colors: Green and White.
Go right through for MSU, Watch the points keep growing, Spartan teams are bound to win, They're fighting with a vim! Rah! Rah! Rah! See their team is weakening, We're going to win this game, Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight! Victory for MSU!