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Library Advisory Council member
Al Parr
tries on a “rook lid” from the Special
Collections & Archives Research Center.
The tradition dates to the early 1900s when
everymale freshmanwas required towear
his rook cap on campus. Failure to wear
the lid when out and about on campus
would result in sanctions by upper class-
men and perhaps even attention from the
Vigilance Committee. Freshmen ceremoni-
ously burned their lids in the spring, thus
making this item a particularly precious
archival treasure.
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