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Piled Higher and Deeper: The Folklore of Campus Life

by Simon J. Bronner

As suggested by the subtitle, "Legends, Beliefs, Songs, Games, Jokes, Festivals, Slang Ghost Stories and Other Traditions from American Colleges and Universities," Bronner examines every aspect of modern college life. That includes study techniques like mnemonics to help remember complex facts, traditions like waiting times for professors arriving late to class, legendary professors, photocopier art, mooning, streaking, celebrations, pranks, drinking games and songs, fight songs, ghost stories, and competitive college humor (including many Texas Aggie jokes). A section on sororities and fraternities covers rush, pledging, hell week, initiation, and numerous traditions. Even dating, engagement, and slang terms get some coverage. This book will be of greatest interest to those who study folklore and traditions, to new students seeking to learn what to expect in college, and perhaps to those who want to adapt old traditions to their school or its organizations.

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