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Photograph of Syracuse University sophomores and freshmen engaged in a salt rush on Crouse College hill, ca. 1901-1906. A rush was a competition between freshmen and sophomores. There were different kinds of rushes at the University - cane, flour, salt and snow, to name a few. The salt rush had its roots from Genesee College, but the tradition changed quite a bit at Syracuse University. At first sophomores threw salt at freshmen and even rubbed it in their hair. The rush later turned into sophomores walloping freshmen with bags of salt. World War I put the tradition on hold for a few years, but by the 1940s it appears to have stopped permanently, especially after a sophomore was injured in the 1941 rush.

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