Gong 08 Kick the Flagpoles

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Grant Long, 18 Student, English and German Languages: English Berkeley, CA 4/25/08 Kick the Flagpoles Before home football games at the University of Southern California, many people either park, party, or eat somewhere on campus. As the game nears kickoff, the thousands of dedicated fans stream south toward the Coliseum. On the way they pass a series of towering flag poles shows on the left which over look an entrance to the south side of campus from Exposition Boulevard. Every fan makes it a point to kick one of the bases of the flagpoles as he passes for good luck. Since it is supposed to bring good luck on the Trojans, fans of opposing teams will almost never kick the flagpoles. With literally thousands of fans kicking the noisy bases, it creates a racket which can be heard for blocks. This tradition is specific to USC; as far as I know, no other university has such a tradition. My friend Grant reminded me of this tradition when were we discussing the many traditions of USC. A freshman here, originally from Berkeley, California, he had no idea as the
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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