October 1st
Headline from Daily Princetonian: "Dopesters Take Dim View of Princeton Gridiron Prospects". The article suggested a victory over Brown, losses to Cornell, Penn, Harvard and Yale. Rated as toss-ups were Rutgers, Colgate and Dartmouth

The Princetonian and the Princeton Tiger announce that the Prince-Tiger Dance will be held on November 14th to kick off the Yale weekend. To ease the shortage of accommodations for dates a limited number of reservations have been secured at the Hotel Hildebrecht in Trenton. A fleet of special buses will operate between Princeton and Trenton for those who hold reservations.

October 3rd
The first football rally of the 1947 season gets underway at 7:30 P.M. with a torch-light parade through the campus and ending at the bottom of the Blair Arch steps, Charlie Caldwell makes short speech, introduces players.

Hotel Hildebrecht reservations go on sale. Prom ticket and round-trip transportation costs $15.

October 4th
The following notice appears in The Princetonian:
At 1:30 p.m. before the game today all Freshmen should report with their dates and dinks on Cannon Green. They will then march behind the band to Palmer Stadium in the old Princeton tradition.

Princeton defeats Brown, 21-7, scoring three touchdowns in the first half.

In soccer, Princeton 6, Lafayette 2.

October 6th
Lehigh defeats Princeton 5-1 in soccer.

October 8th
The Princetonian reports a raid by Rutgers students on the morning of October 7th. Red paint was applied to the bronze tigers and walk in fron of Nassau Hall. Red paint appeared at numerous other places on campus.

Freshman soccer squad defeats Peddie 4-3.

October 9th
Dean Godolphin announces names of Freshman Steering Committee. Those named are Howard Emerson Parks, Jr., Alexander Buel Trowbridge 3d, Michael Mahoney, Clifford McAdams Kurrus, Richard Brison Cumming Tucker, George Gardner Hawke, Clifford Wadworth Starrett, Macdonald Mathey, Cabell Woodward 3d, Richard Karl Ahrendt and Edward Milo Irvin.

The Princetonian reports that so many freshmen turned out for the Glee Club a 60-man strong freshman glee club has been formed. The schedule has not been formalized but there will probably be a performance with Miss Fine's School in November.

October 10th Two headlines from today's Princetonian
'TIGER' DELEGATES PICKET B'WAY SHOW PANNING PRINCETON. "High Button Shoes" Name of Play Portraying Rutgers Beating Tigers.

Baker Rink, Reconverted After War Use, Will See First Big Hockey Year Since 1942

October 11th
In the early hours of the morning a group of Tigers infiltrated the Rutgers campus and painted the statue of William the Silent.

Rutgers 13, Princeton 7. Paul Cowie's 74 yard punt return nullified by clipping penalty. This was only the third time since 1869 that Rutgers had beaten Princeton.

Cornell ties soccer team, 1 all.

October 15th
Princetonian headline proclaims 'NO SHORTAGE OF LIQUOR,' DECLARE TOWN DEALERS
President Truman had ordered distillers to shut down to conserve grain for Europe, causing some concern about an adequate supply for the football season.

October 16th
From The Princetonian
Woodward, Trowbridge, Hawkes Will Serve Until January
Attention, Class of '51
Meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 at Alexander Hall to put on war paint for Cane Spree. We don't intend to sit with Yale, so everyone be there!
Freshman Council

October 17th
Cab Woodward appeals to class to unite for the Cane Spree. The Cane Spree will commence with a softball game, a touch football game and a track meet, all three to be contested simultaneously. The classes of '50 and '51 will then assemble to watch the tug-of-war and cane wrestling.

The Undergraduate Council considers plan whereby members of the class losing the Cane Spree who did not participate will have to sit on Yale side of Palmer Stadium.

October 18th
From The Princetonian: More than a thousand enthusiastic Tiger supporters gathered last night at Cannon Green to cheer and sing in the glare of the first bonfire of the 1947 football season. The rally was climaxed by a spontaneous march down Nassau Street which proctors tried vainly to stop and finally joined.

Princeton 20, Colgate 7. George Sella gains 188 yards.

Soccer team defeats Haverford, 4-2.
Freshmen football team bests Hill School, 7-0

October 20th
An editorial from The Princetonian


The Daily Princetonian, in an editorial earlier this fall, praised the spirit shown by the Class of 1951. The praise, sadly enough, seems to have been premature. In a meeting in Alexander Hall Thursday only one-seventh of the Class was represented. The topic of the meeting was the forthcoming Cane Spree. The dink tradition, too, seems to have been to have been sadly neglected over the past two weeks, but this may be the fault of the Sophomore Class, which has made no effort to enforce it. This latter feeling was well expressed by two members of the Freshman Council who stated that the men would be glad to wear dinks if the tradition were fully carried out by the Class of '50.
The general apathy shown, however, is largely the fault of the Freshmen. If this is the response of a class which approaches peace-time normalcy nearer than any other in attendance here it is indeed a discouraging sign.

October 22nd
Six Penn students who had been caught painting the Nassau Hall tigers were busy cleaning and polishing the tigers under the supervision of the Proctors.

October 23rd
The Class of 1950 meets in McCosh to consider enforcement of dink-wearing on the Class of 1951. The meeting voted to enforce the wearing of dinks at the Cornell game the following day. It was further decided to bar from the dining halls any Freshman not wearing a dink, beginning Monday, October 27th.

Dean Godolphin announced that Freshmen who are veterans will be excused from physical education if they so request.

October 25th
Cornell 28, Princeton 21. Cornell overcomes 14-0 Princeton first quarter lead.

October 28th
The Princetonian report on the Commons battle of October 27th:
The battle of the dinks raged for over a half-hour in front of Cloister Hall last evening, and, although the fight did not settle the dink question, it did show beyond a doubt that old-time Princeton class spirit was back with all its pre-war force.
The Sophomores gathered in Cloister Arch, locked arm in arm, and prepared to defend the arch from front or rear attack. The dinkless Freshmen forces, approximately 500 strong, were marshalled in front of Alexander Hall, and, led by their football team, marched to Commons to begin the fight.
The whole Class of 1951 surged forward as a body and fought like demons to gain entrance to Upper Cloister. Fists flew promiscuously, water and even water buckets dropped from above, and bodies were literally hurled in all directions. Whenever a member of the yearling class was able to force his way to the Upper Cloister door , a cry would ring out, and seemingly uncountable arms reached out to toss him bodily down the stairs.
Through sheer perseverance and gallantry some Freshmen clawed their way to the dining hall entrance, only to be thwarted by the fact that the door was locked. Unknown to the Class of 1950, Madison Hall had not filled and thus according to Commons rules, Upper Cloister could not be opened. (Second sitting, at which the Class of 1951 may eat, begins at 6:45, but the halls must be filled in order, and a new hall will not be opened until the previous one is completely filled.)
As each foray was in turn repulsed, the Class of 1950 would chant in chorus, "Go get your dinks," but the only answer was an even more determined attempt to break through. Finally a tremendous cheer announced the end of dining hours and the cessation of hostilities for the evening.

October 29th
Among the news items in the The Princetonian on this date were the following:

Dawn Patrols Guard Against Penn Raids Under Defense Plan.
The plan called for ten patrols around the campus from 2 to 5 a.m. If raiders were sighted WPRU was to be called. It would broadcast an alarm. All undergraduates were requested to leave their radios on to hear the alarm.

Gym Floor Now Ready For Undergrad Dances
With the completion of the new Herbert Dillon gym, dances could now be held there instead of in Procter Hall. During the 1946-1947 academic year dances were held in Baker Rink.

Skirmishes, Infiltrations, Lock-ins Mark Heated Struggle To Enforce Tradition
A lot of Freshmen went hungry last night, but the climatic battle of Commons to decide whether or not dinks would be worn by the Class of 1951 failed to materialize. Some wild-cat skirmishes flared spasmodically, but the solid wall of Sophomores which barricaded the entrance to Upper and Lower Cloister never faced a direct assault.
Before dinner last night, nearly half of the Class of '51 assembled in McCosh 10 to map their strategy. About a dozen Sophomores ambushed the group there, and tried to barricade the exits with chains. The plan failed as the frosh broke out and headed in the direction of Commons where a Sophomore vanguard had formed.
The Freshmen first stormed Madison, which was closed, and then retreated in some disorder to University Place. Some of the group entered the halls via windows, and other small bands attacked Cloister and were thrown back.
In one fracas, the concrete balustrade leading from Cloister to Hamilton Court was crumbled. In another skirmish, two yearlings, trapped in the Freshman Lounge above Cloister, were artistically shaved.

The following letter to the editor appears on today's editorial page:

Since the Daily Princetonian was the organ which shamed the Sophomore Class
into perpetrating Monday's brawl we feel it is only fair that the "Prince" publish
the Freshman point of view.

For the following reasons the Freshman Class of 1951 has resolved never to wear dinks

1. At the beginning of the year the Class of 1950 took no interest in enforcing the
dink tradition.

2. At the beginning of the year the dinks were very important, for this was the means
by which Frosh were able to recognize and meet each other.

3. After the first week the Freshmen realized that the Class of 1950 had no interest
in the dink tradition. They took off their dinks and made friends on their own. Now
that we are fairly well established in Princeton the Sophomore Class has decided to
to enforce a tradition that has no meaning whatsoever.

4. The Class of 1951 is in favor of wearing dinks at the beginning of a school year,
but see no reason in waiting until six weeks have passed to enforce the rule.

For the above reasons, we the undersigned, considering ourselves to be a represent-
ative portion of the Class of 1951, swear never to wear our dinks again.

J. S. Duvall '51 and 12 classmates

October 30th
The lead article in The Princetonian reported the results of the Cane Spree.
It was not until the strong arms of Bob O'Connor wrenched that cherished piece of wood from the tight grasp of Bill Schrauff to decide the Cane Spree that the Class of 1950 could breathe easily, secure in the knowledge that they would be on the Princeton side for the Yale game.

October 31st
Pep rally on the Blair steps tonight at 7:30. President Dodds speaks to student body in hopes of avoiding a post-game riot similar to that of the 1946 game at Franklin Field

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