To be honest, Red Friday is my favorite Stony Brook tradition.
It is not even a question that Stony Brook University’s predominant school color is red. But believe it or not, most students 10 years ago had no idea.
Personally, I could not imagine not knowing what my school colors are. It is something that connects everyone who is affiliated or would like to get involved with the University, including community members. I wear my Stony Brook red gear often, because I want people to know where I go to school. I am proud of being a Stony Brook Seawolf and that’s one of the reasons why I love this tradition!The tradition of Red Friday encourages all students, staff and faculty to wear red every Friday. Some people get very excited about Red Friday, and others could care less. Here is a rundown of my observations:
- Students: There are some students who wear red every Friday to participate in the tradition, most of which are probably members of the marching band and or on an athletic team. But for what the total number of students is on Stony Brook’s campus, I should definitely be seeing more red on Fridays. Heck, most students don’t even wear red to athletic events.
- Staff: Generally staff members participate, especially those who work in the Dean of Students Suite. Most often when you walk into an office on campus on a Friday, you will see red.
- Faculty: In my opinion, the majority of the professors at Stony Brook could care less about school colors, school spirit, school mascots, etc. It’s just something that does not interest them. Out of all of the Friday classes I have taken, not one professor participated in Red Friday.
Below is a video that Stony Brook’s Communications department put together in Fall 2013 to promote this tradition.
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG), does its best to promote Red Fridays by having a Twitter contest, with a free t-shirt on the line. To enter, students have to tweet a picture of themselves wearing red on Friday. The tweet should mention @USG and include #RedFriday. Whoever is chosen will be rewarded a free #RedFriday t-shirt, and they’re pretty awesome.I hope to see more students participating in this tradition in the future. It’s one that brings the student body, staff and faculty together in a way that promotes school pride, which is a great thing! After all, just like our fight song says, we’re the red-hot Seawolves of SBU.