Freshman Rules: The 1950's

This section includes the rules from 1949-50 school year to 1959-60 school year.  Notice the changes in them compared to those in the 1940's. 

1949-1950 Students Manual

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1950-51 Student Manual

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1951-52 Students Handbook for the University

            Changes from the rules for 1940:

9.      Initiation fee is now $2.50

6.      There is no mention of rides

16.   No mention of waiting outside the Dining Hall for dinner

1952-53 Student Manual

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1953-54 Student Manual

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1954-55 Student Manual

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1955-56 Students Handbook

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            TO BE OBSERVED IMMEDIATELY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY

1.  Freshmen must wear at all times a regulation “DINK” and tie, which they shall obtain from the Student Senate.  Also a neat and legible sign (of white cardboard, at least 6’X6’) with his first and last name printed thereon in letters at least two inches high.  These shall be warn at all times and in plain view, except in the Chapel.

2. Freshmen must carry lumberjack matches at all times.

3. Freshmen must not use center path across campus or the main or right hand entrance to De La Roche Hall.  The entrance nearest the Athletic field is for all Freshmen.

4.  Freshmen must greet Priests, Professors, and all upperclassmen politely and with natural liking as “Father”, “Sir”, “Mister” etc.

This is a picture of some freshmen being scolded by a Student Senator outside of Devereux Hall, the main dorm on campus.  The caption reads "But a sophomore student senator soon distilled that notion."  That was written because sometimes the freshmen thought the rules would be relatively easy to break.  1957 Yearbook, page 145.  


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5.  Freshmen must obtain and carry copies of rules; must memorize all student songs and cheers and names of Student Senators.

6. The retirement from the Chapel and all other school activities is in order of seniority.  Freshmen must remain seated until all others have left.

7. Freshmen must pay an initiation fee of $3.50, immediately, to Treasurer of Student Senate at registration.  1/7 of this amount will be returned to the Treasurer of the Class after his election.

8.  Freshmen must rise when a priest or Senator enters a room.

9.  Freshmen cannot smoke on campus, except in their private rooms or small cafeteria.

10.  Freshmen shall give place to all Student Senators and upper classmen except in Chapel, local theaters or class rooms.

11.  Freshmen shall be at the immediate disposal of the Student Senate at all times for the performance of all detailed work in connection with any university activity.

12.  All day-hop freshmen must observe Frosh rules while on campus.

13.  Freshmen must support all school activities.

14.  All freshmen activities, individual or group, are to be approved and supervised by Student Senate.

15.  Freshmen must attend all Frosh meetings without exception.  Freshmen shall sit in a definite order assignment by the Student Senate at the meetings.

These rules shall be enforced to the letter.  Infraction of any of them will be punished by measures to be decided by the Student Senate in conjunction with the Director of Student Activities and the Dean of Discipline.      

Disregard of rules will be punished by:

  1. Work list
  2. The Old Mill to be given publicly at a pre-notified time under supervision of the Student Senate.

1956-1957 Student Manual

            Rules the same as 1955-1956, except punishment is in conjunction with Board of Student affairs, not Student Senate, and the students will be punished by the work list.

1957-58 Students’ Handbook

This is a unique handbook.  It is the only one that includes the penalties that will happen if the student does not follow the rules.  Demerits were a little punishment; one or two were not bad, but a bunch could mean loss of privileges or even dismissal from the university.

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Pg. 14  Letter  but from the Student Senate Orientation Program

Regulations for the Student Senate Orientation Program

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1.  Freshmen must know and memorize:

    a.  the basic principles upon which Saint Francis founded the order of Friars Minor

    b.  a concise history of Saint Bonaventure University

    c.  all Student songs and cheers

    d.  the names of all Student Senators (3 Senatorial Demerits)

2.  Freshmen must greet Priests, Professors, and all upperclassmen politely and by title, such as Father, Sir, Mister, etc. (2 Senatorial Demerits)

3.  Freshmen must obtain and carry at all times a copy of the regulations and a schedule card.

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4.  Freshmen must wear at all times a shirt and a collar plus the regulation “Dink and Tie”.  The “Dink and Tie” will be obtained from the Student Senate.  He will also wear a neat and legible sign (of white cardboard, at least 6”X6”), with his first and last names printed thereon in letters at least 2” high.  This shall be worn at all times and in plain view, except in Chapel. (5 Senatorial Demerits)

This is the Freshmen class picture in the 1954 yearbook.  Notice the dinks, ties and the nametags, which are being worn "at all times and in plain view".   1954 Yearbook, page 97.

5.  Freshmen must not use archway, lounge, center-path across campus or the main or right hand entrance to De La Roche Hall.  The entrance nearest the Athletic Field is for all Freshmen.  On entering the Dining Hall, the freshmen must use entrance nearest De La Roche Hall. (2 Senatorial Demerits)

6.  The retirement from all University activities is in order of seniority.  Freshmen remain seated until all others have left. (2 Senatorial Demerits)

7.  Freshmen must not smoke on campus, except in their private rooms. (4 Senatorial Demerits)

8.  Freshmen must be at immediate disposal of Student Senate at all times for the performance of all detailed work in connection with University activity.

9.  Freshmen must pay initiation fee of $5.00 immediately to Treasurer of Student Senate at registration.  1/5 of all this amount will be returned to the Treasurer of Freshmen class after his election.

10.  All day-hop freshmen must observe all freshmen rule on campus.

11.  Freshmen must support all freshmen activities.

12.  Freshmen must maintain haircut not exceeding an inch. (5 Senatorial Demerits)

These regulations shall be enforced to the letter.  Infractions of them will result in a trial before a student court.  The student courts have at their disposal several penalties varying with the magnitude of the infractions.  These penalties are approved and sanctioned by the University.

1958-1959 Students Handbook

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