What you need to know...
North Georgia Traditions
Traditions play an important role at North Georgia. As you move about campus, this information should help you in understanding those traditions.
Freshmen, little arch please. Tradition holds that freshman may not walk through the old Archway located on West Main Street; instead, there is a smaller arch through which they are supposed to walk. The arch is the original main entrance onto the university campus. Today, the main entrance is located off Chestatee Street on the other side of campus.
No cutting across! The William J. Livsey Drill Field, named in honor of the North Georgia graduate who attained four-star general rank, is considered hallowed ground. The entire campus community is welcome to use it for appropriate purposes when it is not otherwise in use, and outdoor events often are held there. However, one of the university's long-standing traditions precludes using the Drill Field as a shortcut; this is not considered respectful of the field.
Raising and Lowering the Flag
Why has everyone stopped? The American flag near Memorial Hall is raised (reveille) at 0700 (7 a.m.) and lowered (retreat) at 1700 (5 p.m.) Both of these ceremonies are normally preceded by a bugle call and firing of the cannon and accompanied by music. Those outdoors on campus at either of these times are expected to face the flag and remain still during the ceremony. Many also render an appropriate salute to the flag (right hand over the heart, hat in hand if wearing one, for civilians). Those driving an automobile on campus are expected to stop during the ceremony. Many also exit their vehicles, and render an appropriate salute, but that is personal choice.
Take a few extra steps around. The original Memorial was built by the Alumni Association at the southwest corner of Memorial Hall to honor North Georgia alumni who have died in combat. The second, adjacent part of the Memorial was added to honor those who have died while students at the university. It is a place to contemplate and honor those who have been lost, and should not be used as a shortcut through the area. A third memorial to alumni who have died from non-combat causes while in military service is located in the Military Leadership Center.
Formations have the Right-of-Way
There's a group of marching cadets ahead...what do I do? While it is never OK to run over pedestrians, military formations have the formal right-of-way on the roads of North Georgia's campus. Treat them as you would a slow vehicle. Formation leaders will often try to maneuver their cadets so that vehicles may safely pass, but this is not always easy or safe to do. Be patient.