Agawasie Day

Agawasie Day 2016 | Thursday, May 5, 2016
10 a.m.-Midnight | The Oval and Lot 14



Car Show | Noon - 3 p.m.

Pre-register at the Customer Service Desk!

  • FREE to all participants – students, faculty, staff and public
  • First 30 entries get a free "dash plate"
  • Three classes: Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles
  • Trophies for: Best in Show, President's Choice, 1st and 2nd Place Car, Truck and Motorcycle
Volleyball | 12:30 - 4 p.m.

Pre-register and sign your team up at the Customer Service Desk!

  • All teams must be co-ed with 3 girls and 3 guys on the court at all times. There may be up to 9 players on each team with a maximum of 2 Wildcat Volleyball players per team.
  • Each team must submit their team name when they sign up.
  • Teams may sign up no later than 11:30 a.m. on Agawasie Day.
  • The winner will be the best out of 3 games to 15 points; the team must win by 2 points with a cap at 19 if a tie occurs.
  • A Captains' meeting will be held on Thursday, May 5 at 12:15 p.m. at the volleyball nets on the lawn between the Hektner Student Center and the Cultural Center to discuss the rules and playing times.
  • If a team does not report to the court within 10 minutes after the previous game has ended, they forfeit the match unless the team members are still playing in another volleyball game.
Tug-O-War | 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Pre-register and sign your team up at the Customer Service Desk!

  • Maximum of 10 people per team
  • Teams may sign up no later than 3 p.m. on Agawasie Day
  • Teams must include at least 2 girls
  • Team weight limit is 1,200 lbs.
  • Check-in will be held on Agawasie Day at 3:30 p.m. on the north section of The Oval
  • Winning team receives Agawasie Day t-shirts!
Burn Out | 5 p.m.

Pre-register at the Customer Service Desk!

  • Bring your driver's license and proof of insurance when you sign up
  • Teams may sign up no later than 10:30 a.m. on Agawasie Day
  • A mandatory safety meeting will be held for participants at 12 p.m. in Plains Room on Agawasie Day
  • Winners will be determined by a panel of judges and crowd response
  • Winners will be announced and presented with trophies directly following the event
  • 1st and 2nd place trophies will be awarded
  • Be sure to review the Burn Out Rules and Regulations listed below

Burn Out Rules & Regulations

Burn Out Rules and Regulations

1. There will be a mandatory driver’s meeting for all participants at 12 p.m. in the Plains Room located in the Hektner Student Center.

  • During this meeting, the driver will fill out a liability of release form and after he/she has registered will receive a number to display in their vehicle window.
  • Numbers will only be given to those who provide information on the make, model, license plate number and owner of the vehicle.

2. Only one (1) passenger will be allowed to participate in the burn out contest.
3. A Senate member will have an air horn and if the air horn blows, drivers must STOP or the event will be shut down. This is for safety reasons only.
4. Cones will be set up to mark where drivers should stop. If a driver were to go past the last cone, an air horn will blow and the event will be shut down.

  • If a vehicle were to launch and continue to burn its tires, police will take control of the issue, and the driver can or will be charged with reckless endangerment.

5. If we have any reason to believe that a driver has been drinking, a Breathalyzer test will be given and appropriate actions will be taken.
6. There will be police officers watching 8th Avenue (south of the Hektner Student Center) to keep participators from breaking any laws on city streets. Remember, we have your license plate number and name, and if necessary, appropriate action will be taken.
7. The use of additive substances on tires will be allowed.
8. All drivers MUST WEAR SEATBELTS. If your vehicle is not equipped with them, you will not be able to participate.
9. No chalk blocks will be used.
10. No nitrous oxide will be used.
11. No vehicles without a hood will be allowed.
12. There will be two ABC fire extinguishers available.
13. There will be three judges for the contest.
14. A burn out pit will be placed behind the vehicle to stop any material from dispensing.
15. The burn out coordinators will monitor drivers for unnecessary tearing up of the asphalt. 
16. Attention Motorcyclists: If you choose to participate in the burn out contest, you as a driver must be fully covered.

  • A DOT helmet must be worn.
  • Eye protection must be worn, such as safety goggles or sunglasses.
  • Hand protection must be worn, such as leather gloves or work gloves.
  • A jacket must be worn. NO SWEATSHIRTS WILL BE ALLOWED.
  • Leg protectors must be worn. No SHORTS.
  • Non-skid boots with ½” to 1” sole will be worn. NO TENNIS SHOES WILL BE ALLOWED.
  • As a motorcyclist you will also be abiding by the rules stated above (1-14).

Please remember that your life is at stake along with those of everyone else around you. We are concerned about your safety and by abiding by these rules it will prevent you, as a driver, from getting hurt.

If it rains or conditions are unfit for the burn out competition, it will be postponed.

Have fun and drive safe!


Why is it called Agawasie Day?

In 1914, the School of Science published its first yearbook called the Agawasie.

According to the authors of NDSCS: 100 Years of Excellence, the origin of this name is obscure, but in an early issue of the annual it was explained as an Indian word for Ascience.

Another story tells that two wily students, Max Lauder and Arnold Forbes, had neglected to actually research the real Indian word for science. In order to cover up their blunder, they contrived the word Aggy-Wassy, which later became the easier form Agawasie.

After publishing the Agawasie for three years, it was discontinued from 1917 through 1920 due to World War I. In 1943 and 1944 the yearbook was reduced in size and printed as a softcover instead of the more usual hardcover edition.

Financing the annual varied from the sale of candy, proceeds from the Penny Carnival, student activity fees, the nominal sales price and solicited advertisements. The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, so the annual Agawasie Day Picnic was started.

Publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, but the day for celebration still continues as Agawasie Day.

*This information was compiled from the College Archives at the Mildred Johnson Library.

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