From the youngest campus in the United States to the oldest of Universities, there are traditions and superstitions that connect the generations of students that can claim an alma mater.
Whether it is patting the statue of David’s butt at Cal State Fullerton for luck or the carefully covered statue of the Bruins at UCLA, these weird quirks are understood by students as part of their history.
The University of La Verne shares in these odd quirks with little stories and beliefs that are shared with possible students as a way to welcome them to campus.
However, one of the few traditional symbols we have on campus is now inaccessible to students. It was not buried away or torn down, but simply chained off.
Our Seal, which sits at the foot of the stairs leading out of Founders Hall toward Davenport Dining Hall, is now guarded by four silver poles linked together by chains to keep it from being stepped on.
For the continuing students of the University, it is almost laughable that the school is suddenly determined to keep students from stepping on the Seal.
The rumor being that if you cross the Seal you will be unable to graduate in four years. But is the graduation rate really that low that we need to guard this awkwardly placed monument?
The Seal is so perfectly placed to get stepped on that it almost seemed like the landscaper was purposefully trying to scare paranoid seniors approaching graduation. It is nearly impossible not to step on the Seal when you are rushing from one class to another.
Plus with the recent redesign of the walkways in between the two buildings, it is now very obvious that the Seal is off-center. Seems feng shui was not consulted when bringing focus to the fact everything has shifted about four feet.
According to the University of La Verne’s style manual, the Seal is used to remind students of their educational priorities and stand for honor and rare achievement. Whoever decided it would fill a nice circular hole in the ground must have skipped that reading.
The sudden urge to protect the Seal with these eye-sores, when half the student population does not even know where to find the lyrics for our alma mater, is questionable to say the least.
The Seal has never been violated in any way and the sudden need for protection seems more like a cry for attention than a useful decision.
While the Seal is more of a story passed on to freshmen, it is one of the simple story traditions that the University of La Verne has finally thrown out the window along with a majority of the traditions that made the campus attractive to current juniors and seniors.
Now that class sizes have doubled, professors are juggling names and upperclassmen are having to fight for room at the University, the Seal is the final straw.
While programs and words on paper are a slow process that not many will notice right away, the sun glinting off a shiny silver surface is sure to help students realize what is happening at the University.