Long Live CSUB
By Bill Ingram
The Blue and Gold
Thanks to all its pride.
We stand to pay
For us all to guide.
We are proud to shine
And across the sea.
Salute the blue and
Long live CSUB.
By Gwen Wilcox
Striving on, we face
And will not be denied.
Always knowing cour-
Strength is on our
Fighting on we’re hold-
With victory in sight.
We will prevail, we will
To win the fight!
C – S – U – B!
CSUB has something to sing about
By Mike Stepanovich
An alumnus and a student won the alma mater and fight song contests respectively at California State University, Bakersfield.
Bill Ingram, who graduated from CSUB in 1976 and earned his master’s degree in educational administration from CSUB in 1995, was named the winner of the alma mater contest with a submission, titled “Long Live CSUB.”
Gwen Wilcox, who graduated in June with a major in music education, submitted the winning entry in the fight song contest with a song titled “CSUB Victory!”
“Oh my god! You’re kidding me!” Ingram said when Dan Gianoutsos informed him that his entry had won. “Oh, man, you’ve made my day!”
Wilcox was equally excited. “No kidding!” she exclaimed when Gianoutsos called her. “That’s very cool! I’m honored. That’s a neat thing!”
A native of Porterville, Ingram has been band director at Tulare Union High School since he first graduated from CSUB in 1976. His wife also graduated from CSUB; she entered with the very first class at CSUB in the fall 1970.
He said when he heard about the contest he it hadn’t occurred to him that CSUB didn’t have a fight song or alma mater.
“We’re Roadrunners,” he said. “We love the university. We’re really attached to it and always have been. … I just sat down over a few days, a week maybe, wrote it. I came up with the music first and then added the words. I envisioned everyone with hands together swaying back and forth – a lot of emotion in it.”
Wilcox looked to other fight songs for inspiration. “I kind of took motivation from other fight songs, the spirit and tempo, and translated that into a melody,” she said.
She said she was relaxing one day when suddenly “it came to me – the melody and lyrics. I thought, ‘Good grief, I’ve got to write this down and enter it.’” She envisioned herself at a game and “just tried to come up with something inspiring and motivating, something to get the crowd going.”
Both Ingram and Wilcox credited CSUB music professors with helping them.
“I credit a lot of my success to Gordon Mehling (who recently retired from CSUB),” Ingram said.
“Doug Davis has been really supportive of me,” Wilcox said.
A copy of the fight song plaque will be displayed in the student union and a copy of the alma mater plaque will be displayed in the alumni office.
“We’re very proud of Bill and Gwen’s achievements,”
CSUB President Horace Mitchell said. “Their creations are now part of the
tradition at CSUB, and will live on with the university forever.”
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