Originally Posted by ktguen
We had a giant thread on this a couple years ago. It blew up.
The alma mater is different than the fight song. The fight song is for everyone, it's for the athletic teams and their supporters. The alma mater is just that, for the school. The definition of alma mater is "the school, college, or university that one attends or once attended."
I grew up in Columbia going to games and was told it was only for students and alumni. I never did it until I was a student.
See, the problem with that "definition" is that it technically includes people who "attended" USC but ended up graduating from another school. So should we just reserve it for students who have actually graduated from the school? If so, then most of the student athletes shouldn't be allowed to do it. Also, does anyone know if the coaches "toast" during the alma mater? Because it's certain almost none of them ever even attended USC. If they do, then somebody needs to set those guys straight.