Proud and immortal, bright shines your name; Oklahoma State, we herald your fame! Ever you’ll find us, loyal and true; To our Alma Mater, O-S-U! I hold these words as near to my heart as any love song or lyric out there. Robert L. McCulloh, Former Director of the Oklahoma State Public Information Office, wrote these words down 55 years ago and to this day there are none more sacred that are heard each day across campus. Lately our Alma Mater Hymn has been under attack by a growing group of students and colleagues, desecrating the words of this song by cruelly screaming “SOOO TRUUUEEE!” at the end of the third line. Rumor is that they even teach this abomination as official words to the song in Freshman Orientation classes now! Listen to any recording of the song. There isn’t an extra vocal or instrumental part written to say “SOOO TRUUUEEE!” when the Cowboy Marching Band sings it or plays it. There aren’t extra chimes that mimic “SOOO TRUUUEEE!” when the Edmon Low library chimes play it twenty minutes after each hour. It is an unwritten line that is superfluous and adds zero value to the hymn. “Alma Mater” is Latin for “nourishing mother”. Oklahoma State is our nourishing mother, growing us, teaching us and preparing us for the future. An Alma Mater Hymn should be a lullaby, just like that of one that is taught to us by our mother. I’ve not once heard a screaming lyric in a lullaby; let’s not let that happen with our Alma Mater Hymn. If you have any ounce of respect for Oklahoma State University and her traditions, stand with me and support the traditional (and official) lyrics of our Alma Mater Hymn, just as Mr. McCulloh intended. Go Pokes and God Bless Oklahoma State!