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"Friends we have, if we have merited them. Those of our earliest years stand nearest in our affections. Our college friends are the dearest."
From the beginning, rituals, routines, clubs and societies became a lasting part of life on Grounds. Early letters refer to "calathumps" and other noisy revels on the Lawn. Some traditions, like the Jefferson Society founded in 1825, and the Honor System established in 1842, survive to the present. Other traditions were succeeded by new ones over time. The ante-bellum amusements of quoits, marbles, cotillions and surreptitious cock fights gave way to organized sports and "Easters" mud-baths. The patriotic school colors of cardinal and Confederate gray became the orange and blue more visible on a muddy athletic field. Though the names lingered on in the yearbook, "corking" and "curling" were replaced by the more familiar "failing" and "acing." Through all the continuities and changes one theme remains: abiding affection for the University--its Lawn, its traditions, its students and professors-- continuing unbroken for nearly 175 years.