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nicknames and mascots of Syracuse sports over the years from the archive The House of Orange apparently needed a clean sweep of its cluttered garage of logos and blurred colors. So Nike came in to give Syracuse University a fresh graphic identity for its athletic teams. It pared down everything to the essence of the school The Orange. As in, a single shade of orange, simplified logos, and no more Orangemen or Orangewomen. Orange has been SU's color and primary identity for more than 100 years. Some have complained that the change is all about Nike greed nike free 5.0 and political correctness. Not so, says Syracuse athletic director Jake Crouthamel. The objective, he says, was nike headbands to design a graphic identity that reflects no mere trend or fad, but instead is strong and able to withstand the test of time. So here's a look at some of the colors, nicknames and mascots of the Orange over the years: Talk about your fashion emergency: The school's first official colors in 1872 were pea green and rose pink. Students knew they weren't cool and changed them to pink and azure in 1873. That lasted through 1890 when alumni changed the official color to orange. A motion for orange and white was defeated. Mrs. William Nottingham, class of 1880, was a member of the alumni committee that recommended the move to orange. In a 1939 book on Syracuse football by Arthur L. Evans, Mrs. Nottingham said, "Since that time, orange (and orange alone) has been the color of Syracuse University, and long may she wave just orange!" A report in "The Syracusan" in 1890 said the decision was "predicated upon the historical affinity that once existed between the Colony of New York and the House of Orange" (Holland). A 1929 issue of the Alumni News said orange was chosen because it is "symbolic of the golden apples of Hesperia, of the glory of the sunrise, and of hopes of a golden future. It is the hue of strength, vigor and confidence." Professor John Scott Clark, Class of 1877, pitched orange during the great debate because "to his knowledge, not a single university or college had orange alone as its color." How about, anything's better than pea green and rose pink? 1890s: The Orioles of Syracuse With their official color of orange, the first Syracuse University football teams in the 1890s were called "The Orioles." Somehow, it flew the coop, along with Hillmen, Bill Orange's Men and, now, Orangemen. The Orange as a reference to sports teams has been consistently used since the color was officially adopted. Perhaps the earliest reference to "The Orange" appears in a 1905 football program to a Syracuse Colgate game. Underneath the scorecard, there is an advertisement for Clark's Music Store, 352 S. Salina St. It adds, "Hurrah for the Orange." The BMOC has always been BO Bill Orange. He came along in 1895 after a Syracuse victory over Colgate. A story in the Daily Orange in 1940 reported that Harry Lee, an SU freshman in 1895, made himself famous by creating "Bill Orange, " a personification of the average Syracusan. He made up words and music for his creature, then found another student to put his idea to song. Lee never explained how he concocted the name except that "Bill just seemed to go with Orange." In the 1940s, a Bill Orange on stilts would walk the sidelines at football games. An Alpha Gamma Delta sorority member named Mabel Hatton, Class of 1922, carried a Bill Orange doll to Syracuse football games. The doll, about 3 feet long, was swung around in the air by its arms or legs and occasionally tossed onto the field to the cheers of students. Hatton gave the doll to her niece, Marsha Parks, who loved to hear her aunt's stories of students wearing "huge beaver coats to keep warm and carrying a Bill Orange" doll to games. "It all sounded quite wild and wonderful, and led to my own attendance at SU, " said Parks, Class of 1970. The Orangemen as a nickname may have taken root in the 1950s. Ellie Ludwig of Manlius, Class of 1943, spent 20 years as alumni director at SU and said that's when she remembers hearing Orangemen first used. Ed Galvin, director of Archives at SU, said, "Don't hold me to it, " but the earliest reference he has found is in a 1956 Post Standard story about Jim Brown running down and tackling an Army player from behind. Reporter Bill Reddy wrote that the play "saved the Orangemen." The Daily Orange hinted at the nickname in a 1903 headline: "Orange Men Promise Well For Contest."There's also a 1916 song called, "Bill Orange, " that contains the line, "last night, the sun set, or ange, O men, ev er sure and true." 1978: Are you not entertained? The Saltine Warrior was replaced by a gladiator in 1978. "It was awful. Absolutely awful, " said retired sports information director Larry Kimball. "It was in such total contrast to what we had as an Indian. I mean, there wasn't anything that was Syracuse. This wasn't us. All set the table for Otto the Orange. Otto may have a masculine name, but SU's official mascot is androgynous. The school says the fuzzy cartoonish Orange is an "It." The first orange ball mascot was rolled out in 1980 and was known as "an Orange with appeal." Early versions were also called Clyde and Woody. There were redesigns along the way, and in 1990 the Orange became known as Otto, which beat out Opie. In 1995, Otto nearly joined the ranks of the Gladiator and Saltine Warrior when SU looked into a new mascot a wolf. Student howls were heard and Otto remained as the lone, official mascot. In 1988, chancellor Melvin Eggers unveiled a new Syracuse University logo that was met with immediate criticism from students. A dump the logo coalition was launched. Eggers apologized for not getting the students involved but said the logo would remain."It lacks meaning, " said student government president John Mandyck in the Daily Orange. "People think it looks like two mating ducks, or two broken canoes." The logo is a university logo, not an athletic department logo, and it's still nike outlet in michigan on the books although rarely used. Incidentally, the recent changes in SU's logo and nickname inspired an online petition drive for fans opposing the moves. Nike wanted to redraw Otto, a character it called "odd looking." The Syracuse committee involved in the redesign project told Nike that Otto was not up for discussion. Who came to Otto's defense? Betsy English, director of bookstores and trademark licensing at SU, said no one in particular stood up for Otto, but that all committee members quickly agreed that Otto was untouchable. "From the feedback we have from students, he's good to go, " said English. "We're happy. It was: End of the discussion."