Every year, when those of us in Syracuse are wondering if spring
will ever come, the anniversary of the Universitys founding
on March 24, 1870, arrives. This annual event gives us an opportunity
to reflect on our heritage and display some well-deserved Orange
founded as Genesee College in Lima, New York, Syracuse University
began as the hopeful dream of Methodist Episcopal Church leaders.
A few years later it was relocated to Syracuse, which was considered
a more suitable home for an emerging institution of higher learning
with a national reputation.
part of the Syracuse University alumni family, I hope you show your
SU pride every day. I also hope that each year when the third week
of March approacheshopefully with the first signs of spring
in upstate New Yorkyou will pause and think about your beloved
alma mater and your time on the Hill. Think about those who came
before you and helped make our University great. Consider the students
who are here today, benefiting from the commitment and generosity
of thousands of alumni. Stop and think about what you can do to
be a loyal alumnus, such as joining your local alumni club, giving
to the academic program of your choice, or buying a paver in the
Orange Grove. How you choose to express your gratitude and commitment
to SU is a personal decision. I only ask that you make a decision
and act on it.
Breul OíRourke í77
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
New York State residents can show their Orange pride
with Syracuse University custom license plates. The plates,
available for vehicles registered in the state, are offered
through an agreement between SU and the New York State Department
of Motor Vehicles.
interested in ordering the plates can complete an application
form found at the SU web site (www.syr.edu/bkst/general/dmv.html)
or provided by the Universitys Office of Trademark
INFORMATION ON ALUMNI TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES, contact Tina
Casella in the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-SUALUMS
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED with
your local alumni club. Clubs participate in a variety of
activities, including game-watching events, networking opportunities,
new student recruiting, and community service projects.
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations web site at:
The Programs link on our home page will take you to the
club pages. There you will find a complete listing of all
our regional and specialty clubs, as well as the club contactís
name, phone number, and e-mail address. For information
on the club nearest you, contact the person listed or call
the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-782-5867.
courtesy of SU Archives
John Trever 65 recalls the day the Syracuse University football
team played Holy Cross during his junior year, it isnt the
game he remembers, but the action in the stands. Armed with a bullhorn,
he stood on the field and directed fellow students in one of the
Universitys most colorful traditions: placard cheering. Signaling
fans to hold up the correct colored placard at the precisely timed
moment, Trever, along with classmates Diane Dusinberre 65
and James Marshall 65, helped orchestrate the simulated image
of an arrow flying toward its targetthe Holy Cross eagle mascot.
My first love was placard cheering, said Trever, an
editorial cartoonist at the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Journal. It
was fun to design those cheers and see my ideas come to reality.
of John Trevor 65
Placard cheering was introduced by the Universitys
Traditions Commission in 1950 and remained popular for two
was a member of the Traditions Commission, a long-standing student-run
group that organized freshman orientation activities and initiated
and encouraged participation in countless campus traditions. The
group introduced placard cheering at SU in 1950, adopting the practice
from other schools. The commission also oversaw the Goon Squad,
a group of sophomores who organized placard cheering as part of
their overall duties to familiarize freshmen with college life.
Trever recalls, before each football game in Archbold Stadium, Goons
ushered freshmen (or frosh, as they were called) into
the student section, presenting them with the tools for placard
cheering: a laundry slip that listed the cheers planned
for the game and indicated which color placard to hold up at a particular
time, and three two-sided placards of blue, orange, yellow, red,
white, or green. During the game, junior and senior Traditions Commission
members called out cheers from the field, choosing from a repertoire
that included a halftime salute to the band (placards depicted a
yellow trumpet and the word BAND against a green backdrop), a recreation
of the colorful NBC peacock for use during televised games, and
the taming of the Penn State Nittany Lion (LION followed
off these spirited feats required a tremendous amount of pregame
planning. Trever remembers a labor-intensive process that involved
tedious logistical coordination on the part of Traditions Commission
members. They first designed the cheers on graph paper to determine
which colors were needed to create the desired effect and where
and when the placards should be displayed. Next, they assigned colors
for each cheer to more than 1,000 seats in the stadium. We
sat around a long table in the Womens Building, passed the
laundry slips out, and marked them up individually with colored
pencils, Trever says with a laugh. This was in the days
their best efforts the cheers rarely came off without a hitch. Placard
cheering provided a nice splash of color, Trever says. But
there was always someone holding up the wrong card. He says
the best view of placard cheering went to the alumni who sat across
the field. I remember one cheer designed especially for them,
he says. Imagine the word ALUMS flashed against
a sea of orangethe first four letters in white, and the final
letter a green dollar sign.
tradition of placard cheering remained popular with SU students
for two decades, until the Traditions Commission decided to end
it in 1970. At that time, the group reorganized its activities in
response to the changing mood on campus, a reflection of the increasing
political, social, and cultural upheaval across the nation. Although
placard cheering fell by the wayside, the commission continued to
carry on such SU traditions as planning orientation activities for
incoming freshmen. You expected these kinds of traditions
and looked forward to them, says Trever. It was an important
part of the University experience.
Courtesy of The Great Lakes Cruise Company
Courtesy of Tom Gaughan
Great Lakes tour co-host
Thomas Gaughan (center) and
SU alumni gather aboard the MV
Columbus during their trip last fall.
A Grand Time
on the Great Lakes
The ships that once transported people and freight throughout the
Great Lakes region were retired during the 1920s and 30s.
However, in recent years the grand tradition of cruising on the
lakes has returned, and a group of SU alumni took advantage of this
fantastic adventure last fall. We really enjoyed ourselves,
says Thomas Gaughan, director of gift and estate planning in SUs
Division of Institutional Advancement. Gaughan co-hosted the tour
with his wife Karen, senior director of development in the College
of Human Services and Health Professions.
the first day and night of the tour in Port Huron, Michigan, Thomas
Edisons birthplace. The whole city of Port Huron is
devoted to Edison, says Gaughan, who spent a night at the
Thomas Edison Inn. A movie recounting Edisons life,
starring Mickey Rooney, is played regularly at the towns theater,
and two museums feature Edisons inventions.
The next day
the passengers were comfortably settled on board the MV Columbus,
a 6-deck, 472-foot cruise ship built in 1997 that boasts such amenities
as a library, an exercise room with a sauna, two restaurants, two
bars, a swimming pool, boutique, hair salon, and photo lab. The
ship began its journey heading north on Lake Huron into Georgian
Bay, then traveled to Lake Superior and Lake Michigan before returning
to Port Huron. The vessel sailed at night, arriving at its given
destination at dawn. Once docked, passengers could disembark and
see the sights at their own pace, or join such daily shoreline excursions
as visiting museums, shopping, and exploring the coastal cities.
The cruise ship is absolutely beautiful, Gaughan says.
Some members of our group didnt want to leave the boat.
At the ships
first stop at Manitoulin Island, Ontario, alumni took a trail hike
around Little Current, the islands largest city; viewed a
Native art exhibition; and watched an Indian dance and drum event.
From there, they traveled through the narrow North Channelonly
20 miles across at its widest pointand landed at Sault Ste.
Marie, where they enjoyed a train ride through dense forests and
imposing granite bluffs into Agawa Canyon. Next, the ship made a
loop into Lake Superior and headed south back to Michigan, making
its last stop at Mackinac Island, where members of the tour group
visited the world-renowned Grand Hotel. We were amazed by
the beauty of the hotel and grounds, Gaughan says. We
were impressed with everythingthe whole cruise was absolutely