While there were still male students on campus, by the close of World War II, most of the students were female. Male students did not really begin to return to campus in full force until around 1947. In this 1946 shot, two bobby soxers talk in the patio area in front of the Student Union (now the 840 building). Bobby soxers were the teenage fans of crooner Frank Sinatra, America’s first teen idol. The name came about because the teenage girls wore white ankle-length bobby socks with saddle shoes, a fashion statement that continued into the 1950s. The term sock hop came about because high school dancers were asked to remove their shoes to protect varnished gymnasium floors.