Campanile Folklore and Traditions


Couple under the campanile An ISU woman is not a "true coed" until she has been kissed under the Campanile at the stroke of midnight. After the kiss, she must anonymously drop jelly beans outside each girl's door in her house. Any senior who hasn't achieved coed status before graduation must drop lemon drops.

This legend lives on during "Mass Campaniling" at Homecoming or during the Friday night of Senior Week.


Tree during tree lighting ceremonyThe tree-lighting ceremony at the annual Christmas celebration is another long-standing tradition at ISU. At dusk, music from the carillon fills the air while students gather to sing carols, listen to the President's holiday message, and watch the 65-foot Norway spruce come aglow with hundreds of colored lights.