Syracuse University has archived the unsavory life of a SU Freshmen. Back in 1883 a tradition began when all first year students were required to wear a green or orange beanie. When an upperclassmen demanded, ‘Tip it, Frosh!’ – the lowly freshman would tip his beanie in respect. Though humiliating at times, it helped build class camaraderie. Besides beanies, SU has archived handbooks, buttons, and photographs of activities that encouraged and demeaned Freshman all at the same time.
Above: First year students in their beanies, 1960s
First year student receiving beanie, 1920s
Freshman weekend buttons from the 1950s and 1960s
Orange Aid, 1974. Directory for all first year students.
‘Frosh Life at Syracuse’ Moving Up Day, 1924
Freshmen Engineers Moving Up Day parade, 1921.