A Freshman-Sophomore Rivalry
I was elected Class President at the end of freshman year. In the fall, I learned that the traditional rivalry promoted between sophomores and freshmen intended to accelerate freshmen camaraderie included a tradition of capturing the sophomore class president before the freshman-sophomore games of tug of war, cage ball and cane rush.
As a new brother of Phi Sigma Kappa with a room in the frat house at 810 Hudson Street, I was able to avoid capture, at one point just barely making it into the sanctuary of the fraternity after being chased down Hudson Street by a very determined group with serious plans to dump me in a remote forest.
On the last night, I was feeling that I had avoided capture. However, that feeling was quashed as my fraternity brothers insisted I must be captured. Accompanied by my roommate and lifelong friend, Al Pearson, and, to the surprise of some freshmen on the upper campus, we came strolling along. I was quickly subdued and a hasty plan contrived to take me up along the Hudson River where one of my abductors had relatives.
After a night under the stars in some park, we stopped at a restaurant, I asked to use the rest room and, having tired of the escapade, snuck out the window, hitchhiked to a bus station, then Port Authority to Hoboken and walked out on the athletic field to cheers in the midst of the games. My very chagrined captors arrived hours later.
- Dennis Blahut '62 M.S. '65