How much do you truly know about CSU’s lesser-known lore? Take this short quiz to see how you rank as a Ram Fan.
CSU was paid $100 from the railroad company so tracks could continue to run through campus.
TRUE. In 1874, Colorado Central Railroad paid CSU what is about $2,000 today so the train tracks could have the right-of-way. Students have been late to class ever since.
All ram statues on campus have their rumps pointed south toward the University of Colorado in Boulder.
FALSE. Although it would be funnier if it were true, this bit of lore seems to stem from a high-profile statue by Moby Arena being “strategically” placed. A local radio host even investigated it in 2018, but ultimately found it inconclusive.
The Old Main Bell that rang the start of classes and celebrated football victories was stolen, buried in the ground, then sold for scrap during World War II.
FALSE. In 1919, the bell was stolen by students and buried in a farmer’s field, then moved to a campus fraternity house, across state lines and back again, then ultimately dropped off in 2016 on the Alumni Association executive director’s driveway. The 500-pound Old Main Bell was meticulously restored and hung outside the Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center.
Temple Grandin won a Golden Globe for a documentary on her life.
FALSE. Claire Danes won Best Performance for her portrayal of Grandin in the 2010 HBO biopic. The movie also won seven Emmy Awards. CSU’S renowned animal behaviorist and advocate for people with autism is a member of both the Colorado and the National Women’s Hall of Fame, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010, and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016. Now who’s the superstar?
Olympic gold medal-winner and CSU alumnus Glenn Morris starred in the 1938 feature film “Tarzan’s Revenge.”
TRUE. Morris, “The World’s Greatest Athlete,” was the fourth Olympian to play Tarzan. Morris also played with the Detroit Lions in the NFL and served in the Navy during World War II. Morris remains one of CSU’s most decorated athletes and was inducted into the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Moby Arena was named after a novel by Herman Melville.
TRUE. While the behemoth of a gymnasium was being built in the mid 1960s, editors at the Collegian wrote that it looked like a whale rising out of the ground. They began calling it the “great white whale” from the novel “Moby-Dick,” and it caught on with students. With some reluctance, the name “Moby Arena” was officially adopted by administration.
The architect of the Student Services building was committed to an insane asylum before the building was completed in 1948.
TRUE. Student Service’s bizarre design might point to the decline of architect Eugene Groves – who had apparently plotted to kill his wife. The building has two staircases that lead to nowhere, half floors, and narrow stairwells. The Ghost Hunters of Colorado investigated the building in 2013, recording odd noises and a voice answering questions. Groves also worked on 11 other facilities on campus.
Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live came to CSU on a basketball scholarship.
TRUE. Jones did in fact come to CSU in 1987 to play basketball, but was redshirted and never played as a Ram. She did, however, find her funny performing at a comedy competition on campus. Jones worked her way into the cast on SNL and can be seen in the 2016 “Ghostbusters.”
Students once staged a “beer-in” by drinking cans of Old Aggie Ale in defiance of a campus alcohol ban.
FALSE. Students drank cans of Coors in the 1968 protest in the Lory Student Center to allow the Ramskeller to sell 3.2 beer. Fifty years later, students brew their own suds in the Ramskeller as part of the Fermentation Science program. Cheers!
CAM the Ram has his own tailors, ride, and personal stylists.
TRUE. Bet you wondered which one: the two- or four-legged CAM? Our beloved Rambouillet makes his appearances in style with custom-made fashion wear, travel jerseys, and beaded halter. His decked-out trailer is stocked with fresh oats. Ram Handlers bathe and primp him before every event. And the paparazzi! Follows him everywhere.