Paint The Rock

the Rock

The Rock was originally a fountain donated by the Class of 1902. The seniors liked the idea of having a water feature on the south end of campus and they deemed the fountain the perfect solution.

Students began painting the iconic Rock in the 1940s, first as a prank, then as an accepted avenue of expression. Years later, students developed the tradition of guarding the Rock for 24 hours before painting it in the middle of the night. Almost every night, a different group paints a message or symbols promoting a particular cause or event.

The Rock has become a frequently used location for student activism, performance and philanthropy throughout the year.