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" THE GOBLET SONG "

GET OUT THE OLD SILVER GOBLET
WITH THE SIGMA PI UPON IT
AND WE'LL OPEN UP ANOTHER KEG OF BEER
FOR IT'S A DAMN FINE COLLEGE
BUT WE DIDN'T COME FOR KNOWLEDGE
SO WE'LL RAISE HELL WHILE WE'RE HERE.

BRING OUT THE OLD SILVER GOBLET
WITH THE SIGMA PI UPON IT
AND WE'LL OPEN UP ANOTHER KEG OF BEER
THERE'S ENOUGH FOR ALL THE BROTHERS
SO TO HELL WITH ALL THE OTHERS
AND WE'LL RAISE HELL WHILE WE'RE HERE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLLEGE FRATERNITY DRINKING SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Admiration Praise Adulation
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

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A TUNE OF "HARK THE HAROLD ANGELS SING"

HARK THE HORNED ANGELS SHOUT.
EIGHT MORE DAYS 'TILL WE GET OUT
NO MORE TEXTS AND NO MORE THINKING,
BACK TO SEX AND SOCIAL DRINKING.
EIGHT MORE DAYS TIL WE CAN TELL,
WESTERN MICHIGAN TO GO TO HELL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COLLEGE SONG ; PARODY OF RELIGIOUS SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Ill humor Ridicule Mockery
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Social reunion

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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COLLEGE FOLKLORE

WHEN THE CLOCK-TOWER STRIKES 10 P.M.-A LIVE STAGE SHOW CAN BE SEEN
PERFORMING IN THE WINDOWS OF THE HOLDEN HALL'S RESIDENCE FACING THE
MEN'S RESIDENCE WINDOWS AT RENO HALL.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Keyword(s): HUMOR COLLEGE FUN

James Callow Keyword(s): I ASKED COLLECTOR ABOUT THIS. HE SAID THE GIRLS PUT THIS ON FOR ; THE BOYS' BENEFIT.

Subject headings: --

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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AFRICAN TRIBE TALE

A CERTAIN BIOLOGY PROFESSOR WAS DELIVERING A LECTURE AT MICHIGAN
STATE ON A TRIBE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA. THE SUBJECT UNDER DISCUSSION WAS
THE ABNORMALLY LARGE "PRIVATES" OF THIS TRIBE. TWO PRUDISH SORORITY
GIRLS EMBARRASSED BY THE CRUDE LECTURE ABRUPTLY LEFT THEIR SEATS
AND STARTED FOR THE DOOR. THE PROFESSOR STOPPED THEM WITH THIS
COMMENT, "WHAT'S YOUR RUSH GIRLS, THE
BOAT DOESN'T LEAVE UNTIL MORNING."

Submitter comment: TOLD TO ME AS ACTUAL FACT IN 1960.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LIVONIA

Keyword(s): CLASSROOM HUMOR ; COLLEGE PROFESSOR LEGEND

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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AT NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE IN ILLINOIS, THERE IS A ROCK THAT
IT IS TRADITIONAL FOR EVERY CLASS TO PAINT. EACH CLASS TRIES
TO "OUT-DO" THE OTHERS.

Submitter comment: "OUT-DO" MEANS TO DO BETTER THAN.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; PALOS PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): COLLEGE PRANK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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COLLETE CHEER

TODAY IS HOWARD'S BIRTHDAY AND A LISTENER TO WJR-RADIO CALLED
IN WHILE J. P. MCCARTHY WAS HOSTING THE SHOW. J. P. ASKED
THE CALLER WHAT WAS A CHEER HE HAD USED WHILE ATTENDING
HARVARD UNIVERSITY. THE CALLER ANSWERED: "PREVAIL,
MAGNIFICENT CRIMSON." INFORMANT ACTUALLY WENT TO HARVARD
UNIVERSITY. BUT NOW LIVES IN DETROIT ABOUT 10 YEARS AFTER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PHONE CONVERSATION

Keyword(s): COLLEGE

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-28-1971

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Prank

Fletcher Tube:

The Fletcher Tube us a non-existent piece of equipment. When freshmen are having problems in lab, you tell them that a Fletcher Tube will do the trick. They go to the stockroom to check one out and are laughed at.

Submitter comment:

Informant said that he pulled this gag while he was a graduate student.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CLASSROOM ; CHEMISTRY BUILDING

Keyword(s): ACADEMIC JOKES ; Chemistry ; COLLEGE ; COLLEGE PRANK ; COLLEGE PRANK ; Entertainment ; Freshman ; Hazing ; JOKE ; Laboratory ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

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Custom/Belief

School Belief:

In the middle of the "diag," the diagonal sidewalk bisecting the campus at the University of Michigan, there is embedded in the walk a large brass 'M.' If a freshman walks on this 'M,' it is assured that he will fail his next test.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Reference

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; Myself ; ANN ARBOR

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; COLLEGE ; CUSTOM ; MICHIGAN ; Student ; SUPERSTITION ; TEST ; University ; University of Michigan

James Callow Keyword(s): Reference

Subject headings: BELIEF -- School

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Proverb

Draft beer not students.

Submitter comment:

Sit-ins.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

[Common saying at sit-ins and picket lines.]

Located in pile marked Duplicates and Other Rejects

KW:5ZM

Keyword(s): ALCOHOL ; BEER ; Beverages ; COLLEGE ; DRINK ; DRINKING ; Picket Line ; Protest ; Sit-In ; Students

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

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Play on Words

Four fraternity men came rolling out of the off-campus bar and started to climb into their Mustang. The leader of the jolly group decided to take charge of the situation. "Frank," he sputtered, "you drive. You're too drunk to sing."

Submitter comment:

I learned this while I was at Sacred Heart Seminary

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Submission card located in pile marked These don't sound traditional - Do Not File Yet.

Keyword(s): BAR ; COLLEGE ; DRINK ; DRIVING ; DRUNK ; HUMOR ; PUN ; Sing

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Stupid man or woman

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Prank

Dorm Doorknobs:

I have often heard of this trick praticed in college dormatories and once actually saw it being done. One night, quiet [sic] late when most everyone had gone to sleep a girl on muy floor took a ball of string and tied either end to doorknobs which faced one another. The idea of this is that the next morning when girls began leaving for class they would be unable to open their doors. You can well imagine the shouting which occured the "morning after" this trick.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): COLLEGE ; Doorknob ; Dorm ; Dormitory ; JOKE ; PRACTICAL JOKE ; Prank ; String

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C537

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Language

The eight secluded areas complete with love seats in a girl's dorm lounge are known as the "passion pits."

Submitter comment:

The college is Emory and Henry in Emory, Virginia and the dorm is Martha Washington

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

Keyword(s): COLLEGE ; Dorm ; Dormitories ; Language ; Lounge ; Loveseat ; Nickname ; Passion ; Pit ; SLANG ; Vocabulary

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Place

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THE WELL HOUSE KISS

AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY IN BLOOMINGTON THERE IS A CERTAIN
WELL HOUSE SITUATED NEAR THE CAMPUS BELL TOWER. IN ORDER
TO BECOME AN OFFICIAL COED, A FRESHMAN MUST BE KISSED BY
AN UPPERCLASSMAN AT PRECISELY THE STROKE OF TWELVE
MIDNIGHT. THIS KISS MUST BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE TWELVE
STROKES OF THE CLOCK OR SHE WILL BE DOOMED TO OLD
MAIDSHIP.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Keyword(s): Co-ed ; COLLEGE ; KISS ; Legend ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 09-00-1969

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