As you drive thru the Wasatch Front down into Utah Valley, you cannot help but be overwhelmed by the tall and majestic mountainside. The valley lies nestled between these mountains and Utah Lake, an ideal setting for one of the greatest Universities on earth (and one of the most unsafe school mascots.) Brigham Young Varsity was set up by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1875.
It is a personal owned University and has an amazing student body of over 35,000 enrolled. Found in Provo, Utah, this faculty has very high standards ( out and out of the study room ). However, the students of Brigham Young College definitely know the way to fun.
If any one knows the meaning of an excellent time, it would be BYU mascot, Cosmo. One of many bushy school mascots in sporting, this cougar made his first appearance in October of 1953. Dwayne Stevenson was the brains behind the mascot. It is said that his name Cosmo sprung from the cosmic forces of the universe helping increase the prowess of the students at BYU.
Cosmo is like other school mascots and takes part in a number of college sports occassions including the prominent Cougar basketball and football teams. This BYU school mascot was joined with a female Cougar named Cosmette once in awhile, but principally keeps the school lively all on his own. Though some students attempted to bring back a live cougar as other institutions have done with their school mascots, Cosmo was too loved to be let go.
Driving past BYU you can not help spot the enormous white Y painted on the mountainside. Just as school mascots are, this Y is in integral part of school spirit. Like BYU mascot Cosmo, the Y has a long record all the way back to 1906. Using that same team spirit they are renowned for, students of BYU stood eight feet apart from the base of the hill all the way up to the Y while transporting the material. Though the original intent was to have all three letters on the mountain, the work was so intense that they stopped at Y. Standing 380 feet high and 130 feet wide, it covers just about 33,000 sq. feet. It also remains one of the biggest emblems in the US for a faculty.
One of the most spectacular sights to see the Y lit up at night. There are roughly five nights a year where you’ll find the Y illuminating the valley and campus on which it looks over; homecoming, freshman orientation, Y Days, and August & April graduation ceremonies. This practice started in 1924 during Homecoming, when a hoard of students trailed up the mountain and lit fire to oil soaked mattresses. It was a grand custom then, and still remains today. However, lighting the Y now is done with lights rather than fire, a little more safe and controlled of an environment.
It appears as though there is always something occuring on BYU campus. It hosts a score of performing groups that always seem to put on spectacular performances. In the last 35 years, BYU has performed in all fifty states and over one hundred countries. Quite a feat for a University! Their performances are frequented over TV and radio as well. Between the performing groups, the fun campus life and great school mascots, BYU students stay upbeat and enthused year round.
When Greg Peterson attended High School he was a High Honors student where he graduated with 4.0. He got his BA in Language Arts at UofU. He is now writing for web marketing.