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Fight Song

Below you can listen to the Emporia State University Fight Song as performed and recorded by the ESU Marching Hornets.

Corky the Hornet

On February 15, 1933 the Hornet mascot was selected from a contest sponsored by The Bulletin. KSTC student Richard Weller won the mascot contest but withdrew his design after second-place finisher Paul Edwards redid his entry. Edwards drew his mascot with four legs and two arms. He gave it a huge mouth and named it Corky because of the mascot’s tendency to 'pop-off' with 'off-the-cuff remarks.' However, in 1936 Corky the Hornet lost two legs and became a patented mascot for the school. Paul Edwards removed two legs from the design so it was better suited for athletic events.

Silent Joe

February 15, 1939 the bell tower originally known as Old Joe, and now known as Silent Joe was completed. The classes of 1937-38 and 1938-39 donated $2,000 for the construction. The 1,400-pound bell was cast in 1855 at Troy, N.Y, and was originally in the school administration building that was razed in 1917. It was used to call students to classes. The base of the tower is encased in a cement foundation approximately eight feet deep to protect it from seepage from Lake Wooster.

Many believed the 1939 football team was so talented it would wear out the bell, but after losing the first two games of the season, the bell was dubbed Silent Joe. The bell was rung May 8, 1945 to denote the World War II victory in Europe.


The arch between King Hall and Beach Music Hall was built in the Spring of 2002 by artist Richard Harrison and a team of Emporia State students. It was intended to be a three-dimensional link between the visual and performing art communities, and there are even some urban legends surrounding it that you can only learn about during one of our campus tours.