Back in the day, the annual UK “Flag Rush” competition meant that freshman and sophomore classes would defend their flag from being captured by the competitors. In 1913, that rivalry was replaced by a “Tug of War” using a cable across Clifton Pond, resulting in many getting drenched but still happy to only have to attend a half day of classes.
Last month, UK President Eli Capilouto joined the president of the UK Student Development Council, Jonathon Nunley, Kentucky Historical Society Marker Program Coordinator Becky Riddle and others to dedicate the latest addition to the Live Blue Legacy historical marker program. This historical highway marker, the 19th in a series, pays tribute to UK student traditions dating back more than 100 years. The marker is made possible through donations from the Class of 2012.
Nunley, left, joined President Capilouto in unveiling the Class Competitions/Tug of War marker located near the William T. Young Library.
“The University of Kentucky is built on rich relationships and rich traditions. And all of those are continued person by person by person. And so while we collectively gather to recognize the tug of war, what we are really stating, arm-and-arm, is that our future is bright, we will build upon our tradition and we will honor those who certainly came before us. But we have our eye on the future, as well,” said President Capilouto.
By Linda Perry