Right: President John Simon tries on his dink hat while Michelle O'Toole, '16, the Marching 97 band manager, puts on her dink at the Meet The Band picnic held at the Rauch Fieldhouse on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. The Meet the Band Picnic is held annually by the Marching 97 Booster Club. (Courtesy of Daniel Beadle)

President Simon receives Marching 97 dink

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The annual Meet the Band picnic, hosted by the Marching 97 Booster club, had a twist this year: President John Simon was given his own dink.

The dink is the brown bucket hat that members of the Marching 97 wear and decorate with pins and knickknacks. Historically, it was the hat first-year students had to wear all throughout their first year at Lehigh to distinguish them as freshmen.

Michelle O’Toole, ’16, the Marching 97’s band manager, said the Marching 97 band presented this dink to President Simon as a way to welcome him as an honorary member.

“We are excited to share the tradition of the Marching 97 with our new president,” said Craig Franklin,  the president of the Marching 97 Booster Club.

The event was held in Rauch Fieldhouse after the football home opener against the University of Pennsylvania.

The Meet the Band Picnic allowed The Marching 97, the Booster Club, friends, parents, fans and Simon to socialize in a relaxed setting, catered by the Goose. O’Toole then presented Simon with his dink.

The Marching 97 Booster Club works to support and finance the Marching 97. It pays to fix instruments when they need to be repaired and put on annual events like the Meet the Band Picnic.

“It’s a nice casual eat food and hang out kind of thing,” said band member Reagan Miller, ’18.

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