April 16th is a day when Virginia Tech students do not have classes. Unfortunately, this is not a cause for celebration, because it commemorates the most tragic event in the university's history. On April 16th, 2007, a deranged student shot and killed 32 students and professors in 2 buildings on the Virginia Tech campus. Since then, the university has held annual April 16th ceremonies in honor of the 32 victims. These are held on the Dillfield, the large open area at the heart of the Virginia Tech campus. This year's ceremonies included a midday tribute to the victims, which included prayers and the readings aloud of short biographical descriptions of each victim. At nightfall, thousands of students held a candlelight vigil on the Drillfield, in which the victims' names were once again read aloud, followed by a moment of silence for each.
This was mentioned by someone earlier, who stated that not many people know the words to the Virginia Tech fight song. The words are as follows:
Techmen, We’re Techmen, with spirits true and faithful,
Backing up our teams with hope undying.
Tech, Oh Techmen, we’re out to win today,
Showing pep and life with which we’re trying.
VP, Oh VP, you know our hearts are with you,
In our luck which never seems to die.
Win or Lose, we’ll greet you with a glad returning,
You’re the pride of VPI!
Just watch our men so big and active,
Support the Orange and Maroon, Let’s go Tech!
We know our ends and backs are stronger,
With winning hopes, we fear defeat no longer!
To see our team plow through the line boys,
Determined now to win or die.
So, give a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie Hi!
Ray, Rah, Old VPI!
Sing this at football games and you'll be deemed a true Hokie fan!
Tech Triumph is the name of Virginia Tech's official fight song, which is played at all Virginia Tech football and basketball games, especially after touchdowns at football games. Tech Triumph is instantly recognizable because of its unusual opening lines - it starts with Reveille, the military bugle call (Virginia Tech has always had a military Corps of Cadets). Almost no one knows the words to the first 95% of Tech Triumph, but everyone in the stadium will sing out the last lines, which are "So, give me a Hokie, Hokie, Hokie hi. Let's go VPI." Tech triumph was composed in 1919 by Pete Maddux, a member of the Virginia Tech band, and Mattie Eppes, a neighbor from his hometown.
Virginia Tech's sports teams are nicknamed the Hokies. "What is a Hokie?" you may wonder. The nickname's origin is an old campus sports cheer which began with the words "Hokie Hokie Hokie High, Tech Tech VPI, So-la-rex So-la-ra, Polytech Virginia".
Virginia Tech's sports teams used to be nicknamed the Fighting Gobblers (as in turkeys), but sometime during the 1970s (I'm guessing) that name was replaced by the Hokies. A reminder of the Virginia Tech's old nickname is the school's mascot, a large maroon and orange turkey-like bird named the Hokiebird.
Maroon and orange are the official colors of Virginia Tech. As far as we know, Virginia Tech is the only college team in the United States that has this unusual combination of colors. If you walk around Blacksburg, especially on a football weekend, you will see plently of people wearing maroon and/or orange clothing. It may not be fashionable anywhere else in the USA, but the maroon and orange combination lets you know you're among Virginia Tech Hokie fans.
if you have the privelege to talk with a local...which is very likely at coffee shops and other places downtown...you will notice that most people in blacksburg are very intelligent and generate great conversation. But be advised...they are very politically minded and usually tend to be very liberal. This of course is only in town. Remember virginia is still a red state. Blacksburg is a democratic bubble. If you are a republican...you will probably find a debate inevitable, but don't worry, if you are intelligent and open minded...you will find the debate to be informative and enjoyable rather than insulting.
As a general consensus, people in Blacksburg are nice. Sure, there are a few bad apples, but they are so few that most people know their names. I know... the concept of people being nice is very hard to grasp for city dwellers (especially New Yorkers and Bostonians :-) ) but it's true. If you go up and talk to someone...they will not insult you... if someone comes up to talk to you...you don't need to be scared...and...you may want to sit down for this one...ready...people may actually drive nicely, too! that's right...you may actually see someone let you out of a sidestreet or alley?parking lot some times. It's a beautiful city.