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This cap, on display in Old Main, was worn by a Penn State freshman in 1954. The tradition of the freshmen dink began in the fall of 1906, when the upper classes voted to have freshmen wear something that would distinguish them from the rest of the students. Freshmen were required to wear their dink in class and at sporting events, and to tip their caps to passing upperclassmen. The practice was discarded in 1969. To view the full-size photo, click on the image above.

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Taken on December 19, 2012