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“Tip It, Frosh!”: The First-Year Student through SU's History - Beanies Slideshow

Starting in 1893, all first-year SU students were required to wear a green or orange soft cap known as a beanie or lid during their first semester to separate themselves from their upper-class peers. When told by an upper-class student to "Tip it, Frosh," a first-year student was expected to tip his or her beanie in respect. Though wearing beanies was demeaning at times, it did help first-year students identify each other and build class camaraderie.

A group of upper-class students known as the Goon Squad enforced the wearing of beanies. Transgressors repeatedly caught without their lids were punished through public humiliation at the Penn State Pep Rally. By the end of the 1960s though, the tradition of the beanie faded out. There was an attempt to resurrect it in the late 1970s, but it did not catch on. With that last passing, the age of the beanie moved on into the realm of bygone traditions.


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