"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!

click here



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 communication.  


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 appreciated!



January 2015


See photo album of the 2014 class 

See photos of prof and students at work

















Prof McDowell at the board, in the 2008 F351



Prof McDowell (center) with Lindsey H and Seo,

from the 2005 F351, evaluating materials for website.



 Alert students in 2008's F351



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