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Old tradition returns to the University of Iowa after more than ten years

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This image is from 2003 before the tradition stopped. This image is from 2003 before the tradition stopped.
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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

I - O - W - A, lit up on the side of Mayflower Hall Wednesday night.

This tradition was brought back for homecoming week, after more than ten years.

The old tradition left such an impact, some staff members remember where they were when they first saw it, over ten years ago.

"I think that I was attending an event at Hancher Auditorium before I worked here and we got out about a quarter to eight, eight o' clock, and everyone was crowded around Mayflower," said Carrie Kiser-Wacker,  the Assistant to the Sr. Director at University of Iowa Housing and Dining.

We are told hours of planning went into this.

 "We have instructions like we have to look on our door it tells us whether our room number like 836 C & D whether or not our kitchen needs to be on or off, or whether our room needs to be on or off," Aaliyah Myrick told us, a resident of  Mayflower Hall.

The suite-style dorms include more than one room.

For this tradition to work, one room could need to have the lights on, while another could have the lights off within the same suite.

A former hall coordinator held onto something for all these years to make the staff's job a little easier.

"Maps of all the room numbers and the windows, and exactly what room number and which part of the suite is affected," said Kiser-Wacker.

Students told us they were looking forward to the view.

 "I am going to go outside and take a bunch of pictures because you know I can brag about my school and say it's better than all of my friends," said Isaiah Hodges, a resident of Mayflower Hall.

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