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