"Folklore of Student Life" holds the accumulated
wisdom and wit of several IU undergraduate classes and of a good many IU
undergraduates, all focused upon the folklore -- those shared avenues of
creativity and expression -- that is part of the college experience at
Indiana University. This website is a joint production of Prof John
McDowell and his students in a number of undergraduate classes spanning
the years 2005-2014.
New stuff from 2014!!!
See video of an encounter with Dorson's ghost!
Using the buttons on the right, you can help
yourself to a serving of your favorite fare. For each variety, there are three categories --
archival, taken from the collections in the IU Folklore Archives;
ethnographic, recorded directly from observations and interviews with members of the
student community; and cybernetic, drawn from the channels of online
Please note that we do not endorse the content of this material, but
rather present it as a true and honest reflection of student lore at
Indiana University. Due to the explicit character of some material, viewer discretion is advisable.
I offer a heart-felt word of thanks to Susan
Henning-Harris, our web consultant, and to Trevor Blank and Rachel
Gonzalez, graduate student helpers -- your ideas and efforts are deeply
See photo album of the 2014 class
See photos of prof and students at work