That ingenuity was on display on this day in 1934 when a power outage caused the lights to go off in the 1911 Dormitory. But then there was also the little matter of safety, too.
When the lights went out, students decided to build a fire in front of the building to provide some light inside the building, according to an account in Historical State, an online archive maintained by NCSU Libraries.
But the fire brought more than light. It also brought a couple of trucks from the Raleigh Fire Department, which worked to put out the blaze.
While the firefighters worked, students formed cheering sections to encourage their efforts.
No one ever said students at NC State weren’t a spirited bunch.