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Ay Ziggy Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Ze
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zoomba
Ay Ziggy Zoomba Zoomba Zi
Roll along you BG warriors
Roll along and win for BGSU

Ay Ziggy Zoomba is Bowling Green’s unofficial fight song. Gilbert Fox, an Air Force bombardier in World War II stationed in Italy, brought a loose translation of a Zulu war chant back with him, and since its introduction in 1946 to a campus spirit assembly, it has kept its place in BGSU history. The Falcon football team traditionally sings “Ay Ziggy Zoomba” after each victory.

Forward Falcons
Forward Falcons, Forward Falcons
Fight for victory,
Show your spirit, make them fear it
Fight for ‘ol Bee Gee.
Forward Falcons, Forward Falcons
Make the contest keen,
Shout out the fame of our mighty name
And win for Bowling Green!

Alma Mater
Alma Mater, hear us,
As we praise thy name,
Make us worthy sons and daughters
Adding to thy fame.

Time will treat you kindly,
Years from now you'll be
Ever dearer in our hearts,
Our University.

From your halls of ivy,
To the campus scene,
Chimes ring out with gladness
For our dear Bowling Green.

When all is just a mem'ry
Of the bygone days,
Hear our hymn, Dear Alma Mater,
As thy name we praise.

The Falcons
Before 1927, BG teams were called the Normals or Teachers. Ivan Lake ’23 suggested the nickname after reading an article on falconry. Lake, managing editor and sports editor of the Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green at the time, proposed the name change because it fit headline space and because falcons were “the most powerful bird for their size and often attacked birds two or three times their size.”

Bowling Green's athletic teams have been known as the "Falcons" ever since.

School Colors
Orange and brown have been the school colors at Bowling Green State University since 1914, the first year of classes. Legend has it that Leon Winslow, an industrial arts faculty member, got the idea from watching a women’s hat on a bus to nearby Toledo, Ohio. He liked the brown and orange color combination. So too, did former Cleveland Browns head coach Paul Brown. Following a trip to BGSU in the 1940s, Brown used the colors for his All-America Conference team.

(Taken in most part from various BGSU media guides and other publications.)
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