Our great-grandparents' college hijinks

By Akum Norder

pedagogue yearbook photos. Back when UAlbany was the New York State College for Teachers, the following poem appeared in the 1918 yearbook ("The Pedagogue"), with a notation suggesting that it had fallen out of a particular student's book:

My parents taught me not to smoke;

I don't.

Nor listen to a naughty joke;

I don't.

They made it clear I must not wink

At pretty girls, or even think

Of buying eats for them or drink;

I don't.

To dance or flirt is very wrong;

I don't.

I kiss no girls, not even one.

I do not know how it is done.

You wouldn't think I had much fun;

I don't.

(But he does.)

(Gasp!) That last line! The scandal of it! Tee hee hee!

The poem was one that was making the rounds in the late teens and early twenties; you can find it in other books. It's interesting to note that for the college yearbook, a couple lines of the poem were changed, taking out references to "intoxicating drink" and a line about "pleasure, wine and song." This was, of course, the Temperance Era. States were in the process of ratifying the Eighteenth Amendment, which enacted Prohibition. New York was one of the last states to ratify it -- and one of the first to ratify the Twenty-First Amendment, which repealed it in 1933.

At which point the Kegs & Eggs riot was a mere 78 years off.


awesome! nice fine. ualbany still has a yearbook to this day, now called Torch Yearbook and entirely student produced. over 100 years running!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Rockin' on the River 2018

The full schedule for the next season of the Rockin' on the River free concert series in downtown Troy is out. The Wednesday night series... (more)

Reclaimed spaces

Farther afield, but maybe some inspiration for the Albany Skyway and the Beaver Creek project in Albany and other efforts to reclaim urban in-between spaces:... (more)

Community policing and mental health first aid

The Albany Community Policing Advisory Committee (ACPAC) has a public event this Tuesday, May 22 at the Albany Public Library to talk about community policing... (more)

Morning Blend

Emergency department wait times Emergency department wait times in the Capital Region are higher than the state average, and Albany Med and St. Peter's have... (more)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (nice), to bigger boats,... (more)

Recent Comments

Do something at a state park maybe? We had our anniversary at Thacher Park. There are a lot of logistics when you do it that way, but it's a beautiful view, there is a pavilion so you don't need a tent, and they have bathrooms so you don't need to rent potties.

Morning Blend for May 21

...has 2 comments, most recently from Zed

Blood plasma, another mixed-use project approved, that Western Ave apartment, and other exciting tales of the Albany Planning Board

...has 1 comment, most recently from chrisck

Tip credit

...has 2 comments, most recently from Dave

One corner, many different buildings

...has 4 comments, most recently from Reader

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Cynthia Freedman