University in the Pines

From the day of founding in 1919 to today, Bemidj State has been developing a number of traditions that resonate throughout campus and our community. Here are a few long-living and cherished traditions.

Green and White

One of the school traditions adopted in 1920 was the school colors of green and white. An assembly hour had been set aside for the selection of colors, and after initial balloting resulted in a deadlock, a student named Cyrillus Freeman arose from her seat and said, “As we sat here discussing the question, I happened to glance out the window. The sight that met my eyes was fresh green pines silhouetted against pure white snow. What could be more appropriate than green and white.” On the first round of balloting, Miss Freeman’s choice of colors had received one vote, but after her remarks, according to the report, her idea “was immediately accepted unanimously.


The Bemidji State Beavers

Athletics interested Bemidji State’s first president, Dr. Manford Deputy, who often went to watch practice. It was he who named the Beaver as the Bemidji State mascot. Reportedly, at a practice in 1932 he called one of the football squads into a huddle and christened them as Beavers as the animal symbolizes hard work and endurance.


An Annual Jump in Lake Bemidji

If the BSU Beavers win the homecoming football game, the team will jump into Lake Bemidji with the BSU President


University Fight Song

Go Bemidji Beavers
Go you Green and White
Go Bemidji Beavers
Fight with all your might!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
We are here to cheer you
We are out to win your fame,
So, Go Bemidji Beavers
Fight to win this game.-Fight


Pow wow

Each year the Council of Indian Students hold a campus and community wide pow wow to promote the unique and beautiful history, traditions, and culture of American Indians at Bemidji State University.


Madrigal Dinners

The Madrigal Dinners, founded by Paul Brandvik in 1968, are an annual musical dinner production of music and masque (play) sponsored by the BSU Music Department and presented by students from all majors across campus.This annual BSU tradition recreates a yuletide feast in a renaissance castle in Elizabethan England, complete with the Royal Court (Chamber Singers), Beggars, Cellar Keepers, Recorders, Royal Brass, and the King’s Players who perform the masque.