Archive for Friday, September 27, 2013

100 years ago: Hazing or tradition? KU upperclassmen fight to keep custom of Freshman beanie

September 27, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 27, 1913:

  • "Once more the innocent Freshman is the cause of considerable anxiety on the part of University authorities and students. This time it is because the upperclassmen want him to wear again the little blue cap while the University Council -- well, the council says the freshmen shall not be subjected to any such indignity, not even if it has to veto the decree of the high and mighty student council. At least that is the way dame rumor has things going the rounds among students.... A report hailing from quarters well inside the ropes on student council proceedings has it that the council will fight to the last ditch to keep sacred and intact the custom of making the freshmen wear the little blue caps on the campus, even if it has to appeal to the Board of Administration. The students say they wore the diminutive headgear when they were freshmen, so why shouldn't the present 'babies of the class of '17' suffer the same jolt to their vanity? 'Because,' says the faculty, 'we won't let such a disgraceful custom continue.' 'Not even when all the other big universities permit and endorse it?' asks the students. 'Well, anyway,' replies the faculty, 'you can't do it any longer. The trouble that started over the affair last year would give somebody license to have a photo made of our honorable body standing with arms folded while the upperclassmen hazed the poor innocents. And of course, once made the photo would be mailed special delivery to the next legislature.' And so the fate of the little blue cap promises to add another chapter to the history of things that have happened at the state university."
  • "A knockout blow was dealt the High Cost of Living this morning by Dr. S. T. Gillispie, County Health Officer. The doctor while driving his auto on Tennessee street this morning collided with a meat wagon belonging to Hess Brothers and the reckless manner in which steaks and porkchops were scattered about the landscape was hardly indicative of hard times. The wagon was the principal sufferer in the accident. Walter Hess, who was driving the wagon, was dislodged from his seat and somewhat bruised, but not seriously injured."
  • "Hitting the extravagance of dress, especially of the girl students, and the uneconomical tendencies of students in general, Chancellor Frank Strong of the University made an appeal in his annual chapel address this morning for conservatism in these matters. Chancellor Strong spoke in straight from the shoulder fashion and did not mince words in declaring his objections to flashy dress and immoral tendencies."
  • "The first football rally of the season in this city will take place tomorrow night in the city Y. M. C. A. when the high school rooters will hold forth in a rally and watermelon feed prior to the departure of the L. H. S. team for Lexington, Mo., where they will play Wentworth military academy Saturday. A program of yells, songs and talks by coaches, students and faculty members will be given."
  • "The Peoples State Bank is today giving a good hardwood ruler to every pupil in the Lawrence schools. The rural school districts of the county will also be furnished with a supply. This will serve to further advertise this progressive and growing bank to the people of this and nearby counties."


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