The students are back! It’s hard to talk about the past, when right now I’m so excited about what we are planning for the future here in the DCA. (Super secret hint: it’s going to be AWESOME.)
But I guess the incoming freshmen can be grateful they’re no longer required to wear beanies. The rules were part of a hazing tradition enforced by the sophomore class and persisted until the 1960s.
The brown and blue beanies could be purchased at the Tufts bookstore, and were to be worn at all times unless otherwise posted. Students were required to doff their beanies when meeting the president or members of the faculty.
“Freshman traditions: beanies, bows, and the Ivy Book, 1949”