10. In 1913 the Intrafraternity Council of Iowa College, now Iowa State, banned the tango at fraternity dances due to its risque movement.
9. The city was originally founded in 1864 as a station stop on the Missouri and Cedar Rapids Railroads.
8. Former Ames, Iowa residents include Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte and Pulitzer Prize winner and former poet laureate Ted Kooser.
7. Ames resident and Iowa State student, Herman Banning, became the first African-American flyer to obtain a federal pilot’s license, and was the first black flyer to make a transcontinental flight.
6. “Campaniling” is the Iowa State tradition of kissing under The Campanile, the tower that has housed Iowa State’s Carillon bells since 1899.
5. The north entry to Iowa State’s Memorial Union contains the ancient symbols of the zodiac in a floor design. Since the late 1920s, most students have avoided stepping on the zodiac, fearing if they did so, they would flunk their next exam.
4. The only woman in the Class of 1880 at Iowa State, Carrie Chapman Catt, led the national movement to give women the right to vote.
3. George Washington Carver, Iowa State’s first African-American student and faculty member and world-renown plant scientist, also was an artist who exhibited two paintings at the 1893 World’s Fair. He created over 300 uses for the peanut and used the legume to create things such as the cheese sandwich and body lotion.
2. The name “Cyclones” resulted from a headline in the Chicago Tribune following Iowa State’s crushing football victory over Northwestern University in 1895. The headline, appearing in the Chicago Tribune, said “Struck by a Cyclone: It Comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town.”
1. Iowa State once had three school colors: silver, yellow and black. In 1899, the decision was made to drop those colors because it was too difficult to dye sweaters with those colors. The replacement colors continue to be used today: Cardinal and Gold.