What color is Buff, anyway?

As we all know, Gallaudet University’s school colors are Buff and Blue. However, the sneaky Yellow always figures out how to tiptoe its way into pictures of students dressed in Buff and Blue. The  “yellow and blue” seems to be the trend here and I can show that with an example. The newest Blue Hole shirt designed by Brittni Mari displayed a hint of sunny yellow.

What does yellow remind you of? What I had in mind was Class of 2015 and their quacking ducks. Yellow is a primary color of its own that resembles yellow rubber ducks– definitely not our beloved mascot, the Bison. Seriously, why is yellow always popping up around Kendall Green?

Photo by Martha Wolcott

Generally, the student body thinks a bright yellow represents the color buff. The question is: is buff good at playing hide and seek or simply overlooked by Gallaudet University because it is a complicated color?
Let’s set the record straight. Officially, buff is the base color from a mixture of gold/brown/yellow with a deepening of gray. Buff is supposed to remind you of leather (Bison leather)!

For a heads up for those wondering why we would want the plain buff back, our colors of buff and blue were apparently inspired from the colors of the floor tiles in the college’s first main building, College Hall. The colors of the tiles were chosen to remember the history; an American soldier’s uniform from the Revolutionary War featured buff and blue.

It’s easy to tell why buff is often unpopular. Furthermore, t-shirt companies’ selection offerings for t-shirt colors are often limited. This is probably the reason– it’s more convenient to use gold or yellow in our t-shirt design orders.
However, I browsed through the Internet for possibilities and came across many t-shirt colors that could pass as buff. The buff-looking color names are Gold Nugget, Vegas Gold, Avocado, Tan, Sand, Natural, and frequently Yellow Haze–the list goes on! So, you see, there really is a way out of this dark confusion swirling the Buff controversy.

Can anyone please explain to me why our eyes are drawn to the shade that is as yellow as lemons? The fact we turn our attention to lemon yellow is unintentional disrespect we have for our school. The forgotten reputation that buff has needs to be recognized. The combination of Buff and Blue is evocative of the Gallaudet Bison.

When supporting the school you love, pass up yellow when it makes its meek knock and instead, bleed Buff and Blue. I know this is probably hard since most of you are into bananas or corn and not a light leathery color, but try to own up to your school spirit! Go Buff … and Blue!

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3 Responses to “What color is Buff, anyway?”

  1. Meredith
    November 7, 2011 at 10:55 PM #

    I think there’s supposed to be a committee right now to determine the official buff, right? You hit on all the right reasons why yellow/gold is more often used for buff! But we should definitely focus more on BUFF!! It makes Gallaudet unique. Many universities have blue and gold/yellow (WVU, Ithaca, UC system, etc) but only GWU and Hamilton College share buff and blue with Gallaudet!

    If anybody is wondering what “buff” really looks like, it’s kind of like these two: http://i.imgur.com/QaTH4.jpg or http://i.imgur.com/JmcYp.jpg

  2. ?
    November 8, 2011 at 1:44 AM #

    Did you meant class of 2015? Class of 2016 isn’t even here yet.

  3. Tara
    March 20, 2012 at 1:47 AM #

    about time someone makes a statement about the color. Actually, you can find the color of buff right on campus! Just go to the college hall and see the buff and blue tiles! Beautiful! 😉

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