History: As the university grew, it had many names before becoming Colorado State

Outlet: Coloradoan

Coloradoan: In her lively account of the early years of what is now Colorado State University, Ruth J. Wattles quotes Dr. Floyd Cross, who spoke on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the institute in 1945: “ ‘The college was legally organized,’ ” he said, “ ‘its birth certificate is on record, it is 75 years old and has attained a degree of maturity, but we’ve had a hell of a time naming the child.’ ”