In 1911, construction crews begin to develop a steam-tunnel system that now runs under almost all campus buildings. During O-Week, advisors and freshmen sneak into this hidden, underground world to carry on a long-standing, although unsanctioned, tradition. After exploring, the visitors often leave behind graffitti, a colorful mural or even furniture. Folklore includes a rumor that alligators live in the damp, dark tunnels.
That the tunnels are still in use after 100 years is a testament to a well-built, well-maintained system. Today, curious visitors can take a sanctioned tour with Facilities, Engineering and Planning (FE&P) on the 1st Friday of every month.