Rowing, one of the oldest sports at Penn, began in 1854 when 10 freshmen founded the University Barge Club (UBC). At the time, Club members wore sailors’ uniforms complete with a white shirt, bell-bottomed white pants, and a pea coat with brass buttons. They also participated in drills such as tossing and storing the oars and practiced pushing the boat away from and landing at the boat slip.
Today, students register for classes through the Penn InTouch system, but long before this service was available, they had to show up in a campus office to choose, change, or drop a class. Until 1955, class registration was a several-day process. Students were required to go to one building to fill out preliminary forms.