In 1996, nutrition major Rodolfo “Rudy” Tellez spent the day handing out 3,000 bananas on West Chester University’s campus for a school project. Unknowingly, he was starting what is now one of the most beloved WCU traditions. Since then, West Chester University has been hosting “Banana Day” annually. Students gather for free bananas, banana trivia, scavenger hunts, games, and much more. Every year, 1,000 t-shirts are printed with a Banana Day design unique to that year. Students participate in activities not only to have fun, but to score one of these shirts.
April 19th, is WCU's 21st annual Banana Day. Don't be surprised to find yourself greeted by someone in a gorilla costume eating a banana! Banana Day is meant to bring WCU’s community together for a day of fun-filled banana-related activities, so don’t be afraid to participate and enjoy it!
Blog post written by Katherine Mash, Class of 2019, she is a student worker in FHG’s Special Collections Department and a Communications Major.