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.

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Alumnus Sam Wang, former president of Sid Richardson College, in a narrow section on the north side of campus.
Jeff Fitlow
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