Begun informally around the turn of the century,
Freshman Frolic became an established, and
regulated, tradition within ten years and
within twenty. The rules of Freshman Frolic
as stated in the 1913 handbook were:
1. Permission must be obtained from the Dean
2. Two thirds of the class and all officers
must be present.
3. Refreshments must be served
4. The Freshmen must yell "19-Freshman
5. The presence of one sophomore loses the
frolic for the freshmen.
student complained in a 1912 editorial that "we are about to reduce [Freshman Frolic]
to rules and regulations, so that we may know
who won. Can't we see that a frolic, ruled
and regulated, is a contradiction of terms?
that the object of it all is not to win, but
to have a frolic?"
Mountain Day Also
known as "Freshman Stunt Day",
Freshman Mountain Day dates back at least
the 1890s and was usually held in early
Henrietta Hooker describes it:
accordance with an old custom, in early spring
the youngest class are allowed 'Freshman
Day', to pay their respects to Mount Holyoke;
and no happier hour comes into college life
than this, when, with a year of completed
work almost behind them, they ride away under
the apple-blossoms, through 'the long, low,
lazy hamlet Hockanum', to the commanding
height from which the college takes its
Mountain Day continued even after the Mountain
Day celebrations were moved to the autumn,
until the individual class Mountain Day celebrations
became an all-college celebration.