This is a pretty cool interview in the Duke Chronicle with Kimberly Reed (Trinity ‘86) who helped start the tradition of tenting.
In her day it was spontaneous and unregulated and a very different thing than it became.
It’s become a legendary thing of course but also like any other institution, subject to human corruption as we’ve seen on a couple of stories in the recent past.
The story of how it all started is pretty cool and spontaneously innocent and perhaps on surprisingly involves a game of quarters.
We realize that alcohol is now frowned upon at Duke and most universities and causes a lot of sad and unfortunate stories, but despite that, it has played a major role in not just university life but in basketball as well. It would be an interesting project for someone to take on and oral histories would be relatively easy to find.