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Homecoming Cane Toss Traditions

This weekend, third year law students at the University of Wisconsin will honor an almost century long tradition (no one knows for sure) of the homecoming cane parade and toss.

A recent article in On Wisconsin describes the tradition:

When they arrive in the shadow of the Field House, students toss their canes over the goalpost. It's a decades-long tradition that holds that catching their canes means they'll win their first cases after graduation. Drop them and they lose.

When the concept of law students carrying canes first appeared at the UW is in question. One report indicates it originated at Harvard University and showed up here in 1910. The tradition is also strongly linked to law professor William Herbert Page, who claimed it started in 1917 when he came to Madison from Ohio State.

Here are a few more articles and photos of the cane toss:

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Very strange tradition :)

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