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Posted by Carolyn Bernardo on January 10, 2018
Let’s face it, your alma mater has been through an identity crisis of sorts. Yes, we know you’re not all #Bearcats4Life. So in the interest of spreading #BingPride, like our various mascots have over the years, we asked SUNY Binghamton alumni about life as a Colonial, circa 1965-1992, and this is what they came up with. Take a walk with us down memory lane...
You passed vegetables to celebrate the fall instead of taking selfies in the Nature Preserve. This tradition was started in 1975 by student Richard Agriss to appeal to Mother Nature for a mild winter.
You stepped on the coat to officially proclaim the end of winter, a tradition that was started over 30 years ago at Binghamton.
There was a pub...on campus! Hanging out at the Campus Pub was just another day in the life of a SUNY Binghamton student. And Billy Baldwin was the bouncer.
You had to leave your dorm and go to the computer pod to check your email!
But they weren't necessarily on State Street... The “Other Place,” or OP, which was located right next door to campus (where Denny's and Bubble Tea are now), was the place to hang out on Thursday nights.
SUNY Binghamton students registered for their classes in the West Gym...and on paper, no less!
Your professors posted your grades on paper, on their doors, using your social security number! Oh, and you had your social security number on your ID card, too.
You hung out at the lake! Lake Lieberman, that is.
The Teflon-coated walkway made it really hard to walk across campus when there was snow on the ground, and especially during a classic Binghamton snowstorm.
You made Saturday morning runs to Pat Mitchell's, and if you missed out, you could always rely on Pat Mitchell’s pint deliveries to the dorms every Sunday night!
To Grateful Dead, Rush, Warren Zevon, Alice Cooper and Phish at what was then known as the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Quick Draws were served in the dining halls, too!
SUNY Binghamton students grabbed their favorite movies from the video rental store in the Union basement.
For SUNY Binghamton students, College in the Woods were the newest dorms on campus!
You visited Slipped Disc Records on campus to find new music.
Seeing Paul Reiser in your class wasn't a stranger thing for you.
Instead, you could take a half-semester of intro golf to qualify for your gym class requirement, thus avoiding any risk of sweating.
SUNY Binghamton students could hang out at one of TWO fountains on campus!
All you needed was a tray after a big snowstorm. ‘Traying’ still takes place on campus today!
When you could hitchhike from campus to Endicott or Johnson City.
Your mascot was a man named Colonial Bill, who ruled the West Gym.
1) The weather is as unpredictable as it gets, and 2) countless students still come to Binghamton to get a premier education at a very low price!
*Thank you to the "You know you went to SUNY Binghamton and not Binghamton University when..." group on Facebook for contributing to all of these memories!
And thank you to the Binghamton University Library Special Collections for compiling these photos for us!
Carolyn Bernardo is the alumni engagement social media coordinator at Binghamton University. As a Binghamton native, she is passionate about the area and the University.
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