Oswego Object: Freshmen Beanie
Graduates from the 1940s through the 1970s will no doubt remember this green treasure. Every first-year student on campus was required to wear this beanie every day (except Sundays) as well as answer questions posed to them by upperclassmen, and learn and sing the alma mater, football songs and school cheers within two weeks of arriving on campus.
“In 1955 freshmen were required to ‘wear the original caps given to them…attend all social functions of the school; not smoke on campus; obey all commands of upperclassmen; tip their caps to upperclassmen and say hello first; not keep their hands in their pockets at any time… keep off the grass; not wear athletic or class insignia from prep schools; meet on the front steps every Wednesday noon; and, above all, be a good sport.’”
— excerpt from the book, SUNY College at Oswego: A Second Century Unfolds, by Dorothy Rogers