|Centre traditions 101
RELEASED: July 28, 2005
At the beginning of the Roaring '20s, Harvard University, the nation's dominant football power, was riding a five-year undefeated streak. Then the Crimson invited Centre College up to Cambridge for what they thought would be a "warm-up" game, a light workout before facing Princeton the following week.
On Oct. 29, 1921, before 45,000 stunned fans, the Colonels shocked mighty Harvard, in what many still consider one of the 20th century's greatest sports upsets. Back in Danville, overjoyed students painted the "impossible formula" C6-H0 (Centre 6, Harvard 0) on everything in sight, including some cows. One such marking can still be seen on the side of the Centre post office.
Centre alumnus Fred Vinson died in 1953but still makes it to every home football game.
The Flame Run
Nearly 40 years ago a striking sculpture called The Flame was installed at the center of campus. In the 1980s, students began a tradition of running from their dorm to The Flame and backnaked!
Kissing on the Seal
A legend has sprung up about the circular brass College seal embedded in the brick walkway in front of Old Centre. The belief is that if two students kiss on the seal at midnight, they'll end up marrying after graduation. This piece of folklore hasn't been scientifically tested, but the proliferation of double alum weddings reported in the alumni magazine would lend support to the notion.
Centre students enjoy an occasional swing on the campus swing which hangs from a tree near Old Centre.
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