MARCH 5, 2018
WCU’s Annual Banana Day Secures First Place in National Competition for “Your Best Campus Tradition”
WCU's annual Banana Day is a student rite of spring featuring the doling out of more than 3,000 free bananas at almost every corner of campus, peeling around corners in banana and gorilla costumes, and competing in a bunch of banana-themed games all over the University to win coveted Banana Day t-shirts.
WCU's Student Activities Council submitted a video of the University's 22 year-old ritual to the National Association for Campus Activities' "Your Best Campus Tradition" Competition for 2018, and won first place among universities that enroll 5000+ students! The award was recently presented to WCU's Student Activities Council during the 2018 NACA National Convention in Boston, MA, which drew more than 2,000 university student affairs professionals.
A great stress-reducer for students prior to exams, Banana Day was founded in 1996 by WCU alumnus Rodolfo "Rudy" Tellez, who organized the distribution of thousands of bananas across campus as a way to celebrate WCU spirit. This year's banana festivities will be held throughout campus on Wednesday, April 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Among the Banana Day highlights will be the traditional banana toss, Kan Jam, corn hole, and other fun banana games. The thousands of banana peels will not go to waste; they will be composted! With only a quantity of 1,000, the limited- edition Banana Day t-shirt is currently a secret design-in-the-making, and will be given to winners of banana games throughout the day on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.