St. Patrick's Day "Strike" of 1904
One of the most photographed and remembered events of the President Babcock's tenure was the famous St. Patrick's Day Strike. A petition addressed to him requesting a full holiday was turned down by the President, who wrote across it in green ink:
I may be 'green' but not so 'green' as this.
In impulsive defiance the male students, most of
them wearing their cadet uniforms, marched downtown and simply took the holiday that had been denied. The story was carried in the newspapers throughout the Territory, enraging many, including Governor Brodie. The ring-leaders were promptly disciplined with extra drills, and some even put to work laying bricks.