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  1. I was doing research on my pennant when I came across an interesting piece of UA history. Essentially, the athletic council proposed changing the school colors for practical reasons. Too many local schools used purple and gold. Changing the colors, as the athletic council believed, would help distinguish UAlbany (then NYS College for Teachers) from the local high schools who also used the same color scheme, and would make reporting on UAlbany events much easier for newspapers when they referred to the school by its colors Purple and gold were difficult to come by. Equipment in purple and gold were hard to fill orders as they were not stock colors back then. Poor quality of purple dye. For whatever reason, the purple dyes back then would fade easily and washing them only ensured that the colors ran. Here are the screen shots from State College News, March 3, 1921. I have the text version below in case it's difficult to read:
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