Welcome to Fun Fact Friday! Inspired by yesterday’s shoutout in the UM newsletter, we decided to take a closer look at the Universities from which our brilliant producers graduated. Here’s what we found:
(though both schools use their colors in their cheers - “Go Blue!” and “Go Orange!”)
WEIRD OUTDATED TRADITIONS
Michigan: In 1869, the senior class at Michigan began the tradition of carrying class canes. It was customary for the seniors to begin carrying their class canes during the month of May preceding graduation. From 1934 the senior classes observed the tradition sporadically, and it more or less died out by the end of the 1930’s.
Syracuse: Starting in 1893, Freshmen were mandated to wear ‘Beanies (or lids)’ during their first semester to separate themselves from their lofty peers. SU upperclassmen were not kidding around with this. It was listed in the student handbook (“Wear your freshman lids. It is a distinction.”) and for those who refused this mandate, the punishment was public humiliation at a pep rally. The tradition took a major turn when the freshman class began burning their beanies at the end of the year in 1964. This was the beginning of the end, and by the end of the decade, the tradition fell by the way-side.
Michigan: To honor a Michigan Football Legend, a patch is placed on the upper left chest of the jersey which was worn by the Michigan Football Legend during his time as a Wolverine. Desmond Howard became the first Michigan Football Legend when a patch bearing his name on the 21 jersey was introduced prior to the Michigan-Notre Dame game on September 10, 2011.
Syracuse: Since 1954, nine football players have worn the #44; three earned All-American honors (Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Floyd Little). In basketball, two players (Derrick Coleman and John Wallace) wearing the same number broke scoring records. To reflect the importance of #44, the University’s zip code changed to 13244 and phone prefixes to 442 and 443.
- Robert C. Atkins: developer of The Atkins Diet
- Jack Vaughn: United States Peace Corp Director
- Niklas Zennström: founder of Skype
- Dennis Crowley: co-creator of Foursquare
- Ian Schrager: co-founder and co-owner of Studio 54
- Eileen Collins: NASA astronaut and first female commander of a space shuttle
THE ODDEST PHOTOS WE COULD FIND
Who or what did we miss? What are you favorite stories and traditions from these schools, or your own college? Fill us in!