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Illustration of a student beleaguered by the devil and Calculus, from the 1885 Onondagan. According to traditional Syracuse University lore dating from 1873, the family of Mathew Matics caused students much grief and pain. All Liberal Arts students were required to take the dreaded Calculus studies during their sophomore year. When the school year came to a close, sophomores gathered to dispose of Calculus in a rite of passage. Housed in a coffin, Calculus met his demise in a variety of ways: burials on Crouse College Hill, cremation, air launch by balloon, pyrotechnics with fireworks, and watery graves in Oneida, Onondaga, Skaneateles, and Cazenovia Lakes.

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