Traditions: Friday Night at the Fountain
7 p.m., Oct. 19
Some Southern Miss traditions are so longstanding they maintain connections to the ancient elements of the universe.
Friday Night at the Fountain embodies all four ancient elements:
- Air: It’s beginning to feel like fall, and football is in the air – literally.
- Fire: There's also fire, literally, once a year when The Legacy, the student alumni association, holds its annual T-shirt burn. But with an all-star pep rally lineup before each home game, Southern Miss fans are always fired up.
- Water: It is Friday Night at the Fountain after all.
- Earth: The newly sodded Centennial Green lawn (map) is where the fun will take place.
DJ Hurricane will get things started this Friday night for Homecoming. The pep rally starts at 9 p.m., featuring:
- A football coach members of the team
- Pride of Mississippi Marching Band
- Southern Misses, Dixie Darlings and Rhythm Rush dance teams
- Cheerleaders and mascot Seymour
- 2012 Homecoming Court
While there has been some change over the years, Friday Night at the Fountain endures as a tradition as solid as The Rock itself, M.M. Roberts Stadium (map).
The event has moved from the old fountain near the Lucas Administration Building to the fountain at Shoemaker Square and Centennial Green. And in recent years, Friday Night at the Fountain has actually kicked off on a Saturday night during Golden Eagle Welcome Week, before school starts back.
But it’s always the Friday before the home opener in football when the event really gets cranked up.
It’s all part of our black and gold spirit at Southern Miss.
Southern Miss to the Top!