“After special entertainments during the fall and spring, the students assemble on the porch and steps of South Hall, and are led in the singing of college and class songs by the college song leader” – Billboard, Sept. 11, 1931
The tradition of step singing was begun on June 6, 1905. Students would gather on the steps of South Hall and sing old songs as well as self-written songs. Step Sings were held throughout the years for students to practice Wilson’s extensive song selection lyrics. They are still practiced by alumnae visiting campus during reunion weekend!
Song Wars are the more competitive side to the traditional Step Sings. It’s a friendly competition between Odd and Even classes where students sing (or more often shout) traditional chants toward one another, usually during Sarah Wilson Week. The loudest class wins! Whereas the classes used to gather on the steps of South Hall, now these “battles” often take place on the green or in the dining hall.