Window to Hope’s History: Beanies for All!

Being a new student was just a bit different five-and-more decades ago, with all freshmen of those distant days provided green beanies to wear during the fall semester. Born in an era when one’s school-year identity perhaps mattered more and Hope was much smaller, the student-organized practice, as is typical of such traditions, was intended to promote a sense of camaraderie. Inevitably, it fell out of vogue as times changed. Today’s incoming freshmen can take comfort in knowing that their newness is much less apparent than it feels, and that they will never wear green headgear unless they want to.