While each Jasper experience is unique, there are certain rituals that bond all members of the Manhattan College community long past graduation. So take time to share in our favorite enduring Jasper traditions, both old and new!
At freshmen orientation, all incoming Jaspers walk backward down the central pathway of campus, pledging to walk the perimeter of the Quad (even if they’re late to class…) and to not set foot on Senior Walk until they’ve earned senior class standing. Ceremonially, on Moving Up Day in the spring semester, the newly elected senior officers become the first of their class to take the walk of fame with the Senior Deed, which is handed down from the previous year’s class officers.
One of three claims in Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame states that Manhattan's Brother Jasper of Mary, the first athletic director and prefect of discipline, called a timeout before the seventh inning at-bat of a muggy summer game in 1882. Realizing the crowd was restless, he told the students to stand up and stretch until the game resumed. The “seventh inning stretch” caught on in the majors as the College played the New York Giants into the 1890s and is still practiced by millions of fans annually!
Manhattan was the first college to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City’s world-famous St. Patty’s Day Parade, which is more than 250 years old. Led by the College’s Gaelic Society and the Pipes and Drums Band, Manhattan College’s sizeable cohort includes students, faculty, staff, family, friends and alumni donned in Jasper green each year.
When the nice weather returns each spring, Jaspers gear up for Springfest – an all-day celebration that includes a carnival, barbecue on the Quad and a concert. Bringing big acts to campus echoes an earlier tradition that lasted throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s – a rock concert series held in Gaelic Park that featured Fleetwood Mac, Allman Brothers Band and the Grateful Dead, to name a few.
Each year, the Manhattan Jaspers go head-to-head with their cross-Bronx rivals, the Fordham Rams, in what always promises to be a heated men’s basketball game. The century-old series dates back to the 1911-12 season and has been played annually since the 1922-23 season, with the exception of two seasons during World War II. While the competition remains fierce year after year, the Jaspers currently hold the series lead at 54-50.