Ohio State’s most revered song, and also oldest in rotation, “Carmen Ohio” debuted in 1903 when the Men’s Glee Club performed it weeks before parting for winter break.
Initially, the tune composed by freshman Glee Club member Fred Cornell, fell on—well—deaf ears. It was not until three years later when Ohio State’s student newspaper the Lantern published it, that the university began to embrace Cornell’s work. Now sung at every home football game and countless events throughout the school year, “Carmen Ohio” is the quintessential sign of Buckeye allegiance and pride. Pay homage to dear Alma Mater… OHIO!
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