Ask a Librarian: Did WCU Freshmen Really Have to Wear Beanies?

Yes! When WCU was WCC (Western Carolina College), freshmen were given beanies to wear. According to A Mountain Heritage: An Illustrated History of Western Carolina University, this ritual started in ā€œ1957 to strengthen school spirit, though freshmen must have wondered at the psychology behind the idea.ā€ Evidence suggests that this “tradition” ended sometime in the late 60s or early 70s.

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Looks like freshmen wore them everywhere! Page 8 of the 1966 Catamount Yearbook (link below)

Catamount [1966]

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