Ever wonder where the phrase “Gloriana, Frangipana” came from?
In the fall of 1892, a train full of IU fans was headed to the Purdue
campus for a game. A group of students decided a new “yell” was
in order, but what word would rhyme with “Indiana?” An undergraduate
named Ernest H. Lindley, who worked at his father’s pharmacy, remembered
a soap sold in the store that was derived from a popular fragrance
called Frangipana. The rest is history. The next year, Joe T. Giles
wrote words to a Scottish song for the IU glee club, incorporating
part of the new “yell.” His song, Hail to Old IU, provided
an alma mater. The frangipani flower, by the way, is tropical and
is often used in Hawaiian leis. There’s a Frangipani Room at the
Indiana Memorial Union.
Read about another IU flower of distinction here.