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Most of my running shirts are from my alma mater, St. Olaf, the nerdiest of which has to be the one that has the three dropped letters of the Greek alphabet, Stigma Quoppa Wau, on the front, and "best fraternity ever" in Latin and Greek on the back. The most obvious, however, is the one says "St. Olaf" and then my class year in big letters.

Every so often while I am running along the treacherous streets of Berkeley someone will see the shirt and say to me, "I went to Carleton!" Which, for those of you not intimately acquainted with small Midwestern liberal arts colleges, is the other college in my college's town and also incidentally the real-world double of Blackstock in Pamela Dean's Tamlin. After much internal struggle (WTF do I care that these people went to Carleton), I decided that my stock response to this would be to say, "Um ya ya!" Which is our fight song chorus, and appropriate because we usually trounce Carleton at sporting events.

Today, however, while I was stopped at a corner, a young woman took off her earbuds and said to me, excitedly, "Is that a Golden Girls T-shirt?" Because, if you don't know small Midwestern liberal arts colleges or music schools, most people have only heard of St. Olaf as a joke made on The Golden Girls. (Full disclosure: Gatsby also worked for two weeks as a janitor at St. Olaf after the war.) I looked at her and I said, "No, it's a St. Olaf College T-shirt. It's actually a real place." 

Yup, that one takes the cake.

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Date: 2013-02-10 21:06 (UTC)
christycorr: Fangirls (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) (Fan.)
From: [personal profile] christycorr
Absolutely nothing useful to say, other than: drive-by tag name love! Love that song. ♥

...if you meant it as a reference, I mean. Maybe it's like the running shirt. :D

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Date: 2013-02-10 21:13 (UTC)
christycorr: Arthur and Merlin (Merlin) (Fangirl!)
From: [personal profile] christycorr
Oh, brilliant! I love them :D And I hope you do—they are really, really amazing live!

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Date: 2013-02-10 21:51 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cathalin
Hee, my brother went to Carelton. And lived in the twin cities for many years. I also know quite a few St. Olaf people, actually, even though I live most of the country away... great school!

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Date: 2013-02-10 22:41 (UTC)
lilacsigil: Jeune fille de Megare statue, B&W (Default)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
What's a fighting song? And why does it go "Um ya ya"?

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Date: 2013-02-10 22:50 (UTC)
amalnahurriyeh: XF: Plastic Flamingo from Acadia, with text "bring it on." (Default)
From: [personal profile] amalnahurriyeh
(Not from St. Olaf, but:) Fight songs are songs sung at athletic games as a part of cheering on one's team. Here are the ones from a school I, um, am well acquainted with, shall we say, complete with MP3s.

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Date: 2013-02-11 03:28 (UTC)
via_ostiense: Eun Chan eating, yellow background (Default)
From: [personal profile] via_ostiense
bright college years!

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Date: 2013-02-11 04:21 (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Thank you! We have football team songs, but I don't know if anyone actually knows them. The whole high school and college sports thing is quite alien, which is weird because we're a very sport-oriented country.

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Date: 2013-02-11 04:22 (UTC)
lilacsigil: 12 Apostles rocks, text "Rock On" (12 Apostles)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Do your sports teams have to waltz around their opponents? It must be pretty distinctive compared to the usual chants!

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Date: 2013-02-11 00:09 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
I know that St Olaf is real because they sent me app materials after the PSAT. :P Old ritual of the postal service, probably long dead.

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Date: 2013-02-11 06:33 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thistleingrey
*nods* Even now, with acquaintances who've graduated from or gone to teach at a wide variety of schools, much of my sense of the US undergrad-institutional landscape is founded upon those mailings. (Child-of-immigrants problem, mostly, and I recognize the skew: some solid schools didn't do PSAT mailings, even then. But.)

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