RPI athletics

Posted by John Dojka on October 23, 2009
This is a photo of an athletic team, but I'm not sure which one or when it was taken (1960s?).  I think it may be the tennis team, because I've seen the coach in other pictures.  Do you know?  Can you identify the coach or any of the team members?
Posted by John Dojka on September 25, 2009
Reunion & Homecoming weekend is coming up, and sports will be a hot topic with all the excitement surrounding the dedication of the new East Campus Athletic Village.  With this in mind, I've prepared a little trivia quiz to engage you in some sports history.  I'll post the answers on Thursday, October 1st [check the comments]. Feel free to post your answers in a comment -- I'll give you a virtual award if they are all correct.  Have fun!  :)
Posted by John Dojka on September 8, 2009
The Hockey Line is a long-standing (no pun intended) tradition at RPI.  When and why did it start?  Before 1972, student tickets rotated through sections on the North and West sides during the season so that everyone had a chance to sit in the best seats on the North side.  Brace poles, in place until 1983, obstru
Posted by John Dojka on April 3, 2009
The  "Engineers" moniker for athletic teams goes back to the 1920s. It was a good idea when the name summed up RPI quite well and an "image" of athletics was unnecessary. Marketing athletics can be tricky and fan support fickle, however, when there is no mascot to relate to. An attempt to fix this problem came about in 1953 when the Student Council announced a mascot contest. The five finalists were:  Bachelors, Scorpions, Falcons, Red Devils and Cardinals. Students voted for their favorite during the Grand Marshal Week elections. The winner?
Posted by John Dojka on February 9, 2009
The 32nd Annual Big Red Freakout is being held this weekend.  Thirty-two consecutive years of the same tradition with the same purpose is relatively rare at the 'Tute, so I had to find out how the event got started and what it was like the first time around.
Posted by John Dojka on April 23, 2008
Every month or so, I select an image to feature on our home page, and today I chose a picture of the 1948 lacrosse team. The fun fact about this team is that they represented the United States in a demonstration game against England in the 1948 Summer Olympics. So the match was essentially RPI vs. England.
Posted by John Dojka on January 4, 2008
Here's a question about RPI's alma mater -- did the lyrics include the first few digits of pi? The answer is no, but there was a cheer that included it along with some other math lingo. Do you know it? E to the X - DY -DX E to the X - DX cosine, secant, tangent, sine, 3 - point - 1 - 4 - 1 - 5 - 9 square root, cube root, log of pi, DISINTEGRATE THEM, RPI!
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