By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
We celebrate “I Love CSU Day” each year on April 18. For the 2018 I Love CSU Day, we have developed a list of the five things we love most about CSU. What is on your list? Here is ours, in no particular order.
CAM, which stands for Colorado A&M, became our official mascot in 1954, and he is the most popular fellow on campus. CAM is sweet and gentle; he patiently tolerates the overwhelming amount of attention he receives. He not only is the most photographed ram in history, he also is the most loved.
The A on the foothills above campus is a sign to all Aggies and Rams that we have arrived home. Aggie students created the A in 1923, then enlarged and painted it in 1924. Each fall, students put a fresh coat of environment-friendly paint on the A. We love that the A stands watch over CSU and Fort Collins.
The Oval has been the sentimental heart of campus for more than a century. The College planted the two rows of American elms that run north and south down the center in 1881, constructed Oval Drive in 1909-10, and planted elms around the edge in 1922. The Oval is a place of serenity, the place where many first fell in love with CSU. An old tradition was to kiss someone special at midnight on the Oval.
Moby is the place we gather to celebrate being a Ram. New students begin Ram Welcome here, and most graduate in Moby. We go to Moby to hear concerts and great speakers. We love Moby Madness, the arena packed with raucous fans cheering our Ram basketball or volleyball team to victory.
Temple Grandin, CSU professor of animal science, is a world-renown expert in two fields–animal welfare and autism. She was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning HBO film and was on the Time 100 list of people who most affect our world. Grandin herself is autistic; she explains that she thinks in pictures, allowing her to connect with animals in ways few humans can. We love her not only for the extraordinary things she has done for feedlot animals and the autism community, but also because she makes us “proud to be a CSU Ram!”