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From time to time, mischievous students from the University
of Arizona have trekked to Tempe to paint their own school colors, red and
blue, on our "A". Whitewashing the "A" to cover colors other than gold began
as a tradition in the 1930s as part of orientation week. At one time, as many
as 2,500 freshmen were recorded wielding paintbrushes.
Whitewashing the "A"
UP UPC ASUG W54 1950s #27