Freshmen Beanies

Freshman Beanie

Freshman beanie.

Incoming freshmen to EKU today may think they have it rough, but freshmen from the 1920s to the 1970s had far more to contend with.  During this time, freshmen were required to wear these beanies, or they would be punished by the Mystic Six, later known as “rat court” for boys, and “cat court” for girls. The trials freshmen faced were bizarre. For instance, freshmen were not only required to wear their beanies, but also mark their foreheads with an “F” in red lipstick. Sometimes, freshmen were required to carry around a rag and shoe polish, to service any upperclassman who wanted a shine!