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The Cornell Battle Cry

In anticipation of this weekend's tournament, I started thinking about Cornell cheers, and how Cornellians might be able to drown out fans with more devilish loyalties. The few Cornell lacrosse games I have attended, I have only heard "Let's Go Red" and "C-U" as cheers, the former obviously a hockey staple and the later most likely from basketball or wrestling.

There's certainly a staple of Lynah cheers to choose from, but I think those should be saved for the ice.

But whatever happened to the old Cornell battle cry?

Cornell, Cornell, I yell, yell, yell, Cornell!

From Chapter 10 of Skelrag's History of Cornell:

Here, it is said, the Cornell yell was first invented. On an omnibus crowded with Cornellians driving from the city to the lake, Charley RAYMOND suggested trying a version of the Yale refrain-"eli, eli, eli, ell"; and an inverted form of it was attempted, Cornell! i-ell, i-ell; ell, ell. When, however, the Cornell crew passed that of Harvard, pressing on swift and straight to victory, a yell burst forth, caught up, by the groups of students throughout the vast company of spectators and by the spectators themselves: "Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah! Cornell ! I yell, yell, yell, Cornell !" which has since been adopted as a battle cry of the university on many closely contested fields.

It also makes an occurrence in the song "My Old Cornell":

Oh, I want to go back to the old days,
Those good old days on the hill,
Back to my Cornell, for that's where they all yell Cornell, I yell Cornell.
Far above Cayuga's waters I hear those chiming bells.
I'm longing and yearning and always returning to my old Cornell.

And it just might be time to bring it back...

Matthew Nagowski | Posted on May 23, 2007 (#)

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