1917 OAC Student Poster – “Rooks Beware” & 1919 Rook Bible

Having been through it back in my days at OSU, it’s good to know that even back in 1917 some students went through some good natured hazing by their older classmates!  In 1917 this 11×18 poster was hung up around campus by the “’20 Vigilance Committee,” likely the sophomore class, and was directed to the “Rooks” – the freshman on campus at that time.  A couple of my favorite rules are that the Rooks “shall support athletic activities by your presence at the games” and they “must not fuss at any of the athletic contests”!  Boy how times have changed!

Also, note the first paragraph that says the Rooks “shall provide yourselves with one green cap of accepted pattern…” Now I’m not really sure where the green came into play, as orange had been adopted as the school color with black as the background in the early 1900’s, but it obviously had some meaning… and my bet is the green hats simply identified the freshman so everyone on campus knew who they were and could “greet” them appropriately!  The second picture below is a green cap with an orange O that those “Rooks” would have been seen wearing around campus!

Lastly, I came across this “Rook Bible” from OSU, dated January 1, 1919, which no doubt elaborates on those same rules listed in the poster.  It’s funny to see this Bible was approved by the Student Council and I love how it says Rooks must “Have this book with you AT ALL TIMES”!   Published by the class following the one who made the poster, this Bible shows the same “Rook” hazing at Oregon State must have taken place for at least a couple years and was passed down from class to class!

1917 Rooks Beware

1919 Rook Bible

Green OSU Rook Cap


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