Alma mater uses the tune of O'Canada as their anthem?
February 1, 2008 3:28 AM   Subscribe

Which American university (not liberal arts, i.e. Colby) Alma mater uses the tune of O'Canada as their anthem?
posted by strangelove to Society & Culture (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: "The alma mater at Colby College in Waterville, Maine is "Hail, Colby, Hail" and is sung to the tune of "O Canada"." (from wikipedia).
posted by wearyaswater at 4:49 AM on February 1, 2008

wearyaswater, the asker specifically excluded Colby.
posted by litlnemo at 5:09 AM on February 1, 2008

Hmm... not American, but youtube says the Ateneo de Manila University Hymn is almost the same as "Oh Canada".
posted by Jahaza at 5:55 AM on February 1, 2008

Yes, I'm an Ateneo alumnus and I can confirm that the [late] composer ripped the melody straight from O Canada. No idea why. Not a US university though.
posted by brownpau at 6:10 AM on February 1, 2008

Perhaps Michigan?
posted by book at 6:13 AM on February 1, 2008

Florida State baseball fans "Animals of Section B" sing O Canada at home games. Probably not the data point you're looking for, though.
posted by methylsalicylate at 6:27 AM on February 1, 2008

Internet evidence notwithstanding, Michigan's alma mater is The Yellow and Blue, and judging from this sheet music (pdf), it's nothing like "O Canada". In related news, Michigan's state song is Michigan my Michigan, and that sounds freakishly like "Oh Christmas Tree" but nothing like "O Canada".
posted by donnagirl at 10:35 AM on February 1, 2008

It's definitely not Michigan - neither the fight song (The Victors) nor the alma mater (The Yellow and Blue) sound anything like O Canada. Neither do any of the many other University of Michigan songs I know.

(By the way, book, I was in the MMB during the Rice-Michigan game linked above but I had forgotten about the "O Canada" joke they did - thanks for the reminder!)
posted by splendid animal at 11:39 AM on February 1, 2008

my bad, that will teach me to post before I've had a cup of coffee.
posted by wearyaswater at 4:08 PM on February 1, 2008

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