Cornell History: Choose a color!
February 24, 1871
A letter to the editor in The Cornell Era, a student weekly, calls for students to choose a “college color.” “Our alma mater is certainly up to some of her older sisters in many things; why should she be lacking in this? ... Dartmouth having chosen the appropriate color of green we are deprived of that, but we certainly should be able to select [a color]. We need it for our boat-clubs, baseball suits, college badges, marshals and parades.”