Scots Guide Student Handbook
Monmouth College believes that the responsibility to develop and respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to teach and learn is shared by all members of the College.
Policies, procedures, and expectations are designed to ensure this freedom and to promote the meaningful, effective functioning of the Monmouth College community.
The act of matriculation is a commitment to share responsibility for the development of our collegial life as well as to achieve personal academic objectives. Thus, students are encouraged to participate with faculty and staff in the review, evaluation, and formulation of regulations, standards, and procedures. The development of effective social communities is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The College community presents us with an opportunity to work toward such a goal.
It is, therefore, the intent of the regulations and procedures described to promote individual opportunity and freedom within a context of responsibility to the Monmouth College community.
A History of Monmouth College
Monmouth College is the only college in the United States founded by Associate Reformed Presbyterians. Begun in 1853 as a classical academy doing considerable college level work, it became a full-fledged college in 1856 and received its college charter on February 16, 1857. Like virtually all private colleges erected in the U.S.A. before 1900, its main purpose was to prepare some young men for the ministry and other young men and women for useful service to society. Today, MC is a thriving liberal arts college that prepares young men and women to be global leaders.
Monmouth College Pipe Band
Of all the symbols of Monmouth College's Scottish heritage, probably the most visible, colorful and noisiest is the MC Pipe Band, the bagpipe and drum band that performs at so many college functions and off-campus events.
Written by Elizabeth Farell Zumstein ’25, "A Flame of White and Crimson," one of the most popular of Monmouth’s songs, was written to meet a definite need. It suddenly occurred to the composer on the day before the pep meeting for the Knox football game in 1924 that there was "too much fireworks and no contrast." Inspired by a poem that she had read in an old Ravelings, she hurriedly set to music her conception of the alma mater. In the pep meeting the next day the song was sung by a trio of Katherines - K. Laws Shauman ’28, K. Kruidenier Ramsdale ’25, and K. Dunnan Ludlow ’26 with a chorus of thirty women dressed in "white and crimson."
"A Flame of White and Crimson"
A flame of white and crimson weaves mem'ry's shadow spell,
And a thousand hearts' devotion to the school we love so well.
Thy name means honor, loyalty and beauty. Ever be
Thy strength, our strength and pride for aye.
Old Monmouth, Hail to thee!
Red and White
Mascot: Fighting Scots
Whenever you cheer on the Fighting Scots, hear the familiar wail of bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave," wear a tartan tie or otherwise indulge in Monmouth College's rich Scottish heritage, you can thank Harold L. Hermann ’27.
It was Hermann, working in the college's Alumni Relations and Sports Information offices in the late 1920's and 1930's, who gave the Monmouth College athletic teams the Scots nickname, chose the Menzies Plaid as the first college tartan, brought the first bagpiper to campus, and reinforced a Scottish tradition that had been largely forgotten. Hermann wrote that in 1928, the students had chosen the nickname Bulldogs for the Monmouth College athletic teams.
"I was horrified," Hermann wrote. "I was aware of the rich Scotch background of the church and the alumni. So I campaigned."
Hermann's job was strategically positioned so he could campaign with the most effectiveness. Since he handled sports information, he used Fighting Scots for the teams' nickname instead of the Bulldogs, and the press gradually picked it up. As alumni affairs director, he wrote about clans rather than classes in the alumni news.
It wasn't long before Hermann's work changed the Monmouth Bulldogs to the Monmouth Fighting Scots.