50 Years of Mason Day: Tug-o-War, Bands and a Greased Pig

The students invading Lot L on Friday to take spins on the carnival rides (more than ever this year), snack on funnel cake (so bad, so good) and listen to live bands, including headliner Jesse McCartney, may have little idea they are continuing a tradition that began 50 years ago on the Fairfax Campus.

Of course, things were different then. Oh, were they different.

Gone are the dunk tanks, the burlap sack races and the decidedly non-PC event of catching the greased pig on what used to be a large lawn in front of what is now Robinson Hall. Gone is the centerpiece rugby match, the students vs. faculty softball game, the camping tents and bonfires and—can you believe it?—free beer.

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