University of Arkansas

TRADITIONS

CALLING THE HOGS

The most well known University of Arkansas tradition is known as "CALLING THE HOGS". Every student is taught this chant before they even know their schedule or even the location of their dorm. It has shaped every razorback game, and is hard to miss when everyone in the stands are yelling the words, and doing the motions that go with them. It is suggested that this tradition started in the 1920's when the student section was trying to get their football team exciting during a losing game. Calling the hogs isn't limited to just football, but this tradition is know to be used at any and all sporting events on and off campus.


HOW TO CALL THE HOGS:


  1. Raise your arms above your head during the The Hog Call is one of the "Wooo" and wiggle your fingers for a few seconds.
  2. Next, bring both arms basics: straight down with fists clinched while yelling, "Pig."
  3. Then extend your right arm with the "Sooie."
  4. Repeat these steps two more times and finish by yelling
  5. "Razor-Backs" like this:
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie!
    Wooooooooo. Pig. Sooie! Razorbacks!
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SENIOR WALK

Senior walk is a tradition thats been around the longest at the University of Arkansas both in miles, and years. Nobody really knows for sure who started this tradition, and stories vary on how it was brought up. The most common story is that the Senior class of 1904 carved their names in walkways all over campus, and was picked up by the next graduating class. School officials took the responsibility of adding the names of the students who graduated prior to 1904, and all students who graduated from the University. More than 120,000 names are etched in the walkways on the University's campus. School superstition says that if you step on the senior class of 1900, it is bad luck, and you will not graduate from the University.
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SPOOFERS STONE

When "Old Main" the oldest building on the campus was being built, one of the oxcarts broke down distributing a large limestone rock that was left on campus following the cleanup of the finished building. In the early years of the University it was the site for lovers to tuck notes into the crevices of the limestone. When this tradition started male and female students were not allowed to mingle. With such strict social policies in place, students sought ways to let their affection be known. The rock became a popular place for marriage proposals, and was tradition to break off a piece of the stone for a memento of a couples kindled love. After many proposals the stone experienced so much wear and tear, that the University decided to put the rock as more of a display and forbid students to break pieces of the rock off. As for the name "Spoofers" rock nobody knows who Spoofer actually was.
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