Sifting Freshmen

The Faculty Sifting Freshmen. (Click anywhere on the photo to enlarge.)

As we again welcome freshmen this week for the 376th time, I thought you might enjoy two views of the process from a 1900 Harvard Lampoon in our collections. The first is entitled “Faculty Sifting Freshmen” showing the the College administation as a grizzled old gardener sifting potting soil.

The second is a little ditty entitled The Freshman’s Meditation. I may be wrong, but this ancient verse makes a neat little modern rap:

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Incoming freshmen take note: the chorus girls have entirely disappeared, and you shan’t have till next October “to make it up” should you decide to partake of the fizz.

Oh, those were the days…

I know you’ll all join me in welcoming the Class of 2016 to Cambridge, and the class of 2015 to Adams House.

One comment on “Sifting Freshmen

  1. John McClintock on

    On the Freshman Meditation song: end of third stanza – “Midnight bats, and all that biz.” It may be common knowledge, but in this context “bats” refers to parties, perhaps as we might later say “bashes.” At a local school in Albany, the girls still celebrate a “bacon bat,” an annual outdoor get-together of games and picnic at which, in the early 1900s, they roasted bacon, rather than hot dogs.

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