Most times, the point of having a blog is not merely to link to articles of interest, but to provide new content, often in the form of analysis or research or opinions related to the linked content. This is not one of those times.
Buried in the latest alumni newsletter for Cal Engineering alumni is a profile of an alumnus, William Rockwell (B.S. ‘48 ME), who during his time at Cal created the Oski mascot and many of the traditions associated with Oski. I don’t have too much to add; I just thought it was worth sharing with other Oski fans, whom, if you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you are.
Like many college traditions, Oski has been toned down in recent years, and it’s interesting to see the things Oski no longer does. From the article:
- He also no longer flirts with girls or flips up their skirts due to sexual harassment policies.
- He no longer shimmies up the goal posts for threat of liability.
- He no longer climbs, defoliates, brawls with, or otherwise harasses the Stanford Tree per an agreement between the two universities.
- He no longer throws cake into the crowd at a basketball game or pie at an opposing chancellor.
Still the spirit (and secrecy) of Oski remains, as outlined by his Code of Action:
"I’m OSKI. I’m never discourteous and although I may be slightly naughty at times, my naughtiness is in good taste…"
Well said, Oski. Well said.