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K-Staters have some very special stories to tell. We've been creating purple-tinted traditions since the university's inception in 1863, but there's plenty of room for you to create your own. Here are a few to get you started!

Purple Power Play

Go crazy for the football team, watch fireworks and sample local cuisine at the annual Purple Power Play in the Park. Manhattan's City Park is home to this exciting citywide rally on the Thursday and Friday nights before the first home football game.


Students compete in various events to generate K-State spirit throughout Homecoming week. Today's activities include designing banners, performing group chants, painting windows in Aggieville and building parade floats.

'Wabash Cannonball'

Get on your feet, clap, bend and twist to this rousing anthem. After a fire destroyed the home of the music department (PDF) in 1968, the band performed the only music that was left: "The Wabash Cannonball." Now doing "the Wabash" is a rite of passage. Recently, the Wabash was named the No. 1 pregame tradition in the Big 12 by ESPN. 

K-State Proud

K-State students show their purple pride by donating to this all-university campaign. Over $1.4 million has been raised in the last 13 years to help fellow students.

KS letters (PDF)

High on a hill overlooking Manhattan, they're hard to miss. Engineering students plotted the 80-foot-tall "K" in 1921 and later added the "S" on K-Hill. The "U" was never added, but students still whitewash the letters every year.

Call Hall

Our campus dairy bar offers more than 30 flavors of student-made ice cream, including espresso ecstasy, chocolate brownie delight and a campus staple — purple pride.

Open House

More than 20,000 visitors show up every April to check out majors and campus and life. Experience K-State through performances, eating contests, science experiments and more.

Willie the Wildcat

Our fearless mascot, Willie the Wildcat, does a pushup for every point scored at K-State football games and electrifies fans with his famous K-S-U pose. He may not say much himself, but he sure gets the crowd to make some noise.


Want to learn more?

University archives (PDF) chronicles the stories of K-State.