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Cake Eaters

Cake Eaters

Washburn students particularly in the 50s and 60s were called cake eaters. The nickname came from an old anecdote in which Marie Antionette (at the time of the French Revolution) supposedly was told, The people have no bread to eat. She is reported to have replied, Well, then, let them eat cake! Students from other schools meant it as a comment on Washburns elite status but Washburn students were proud of the nickname.