As a term derived from Latin, the word “university” means “community of teachers and scholars.” Each university is indeed a unique community with its own culture, traditions, and history. This month, the featured universities all have mascots that are one of a kind, as well as hilarious traditions and superstitions that barely make any sense.
1. Boston University
In case you don't know, Boston University is a rigorous private research university with prominent alumni - there are eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows. In contrast to its serious scholar image, it has the cutest mascot, the Boston Terrier. Coincidentally, the Boston terrier was first bred in 1839, the same year that Boston University was founded.
The mascot's name has a romantic origin. BU's mascot, Rhett is named after Rhett Butler from "Gone With the Wind", because "no one loves Scarlet more than Rhett."
Regardless how adorable its mascot is, at the end of the day, Boston is still a serious academic institute that fosters alumni that are admired by the world. One of the Boston's alumni who played a huge role in civil rights movement is Martin Luther King Jr. He attended BU to earn his Ph.D. at the School of Theology.
2. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona University
Like many other universities, Cal Poly Pomona has moved around in the state a couple of times. After World War II, Cal Poly Pomona moved from San Diams to Pomona's Kellogg-Voorhis Campus, honoring the cereal king W.K. Kellogg, whose former ranch comprised the grounds.
Since 1949, Cal Poly Pomona together with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has participated in the rose parade with "self-built" floats designed and constructed entirely by students.
Lastly, LGBT students seem to enjoy Cal Poly much, According to the Advocate College Guide, Cal Poly Pomona is one of the nation's best campuses for LGBT students due to its gender-neutral housing, student clubs, and the support from staff and faculty.
3. Drexel University
If Boston University has the cutest mascot, then Drexel has the most fierce one - a dragon called "Mario the Magnificent". Interestingly, the origin of Drexel's dragon mascot comes from the school paper proclaiming that the athletes fight like dragons.
Known for their dragon mascot (as well as competitiveness), Drexel students are really motivated to surpass each other. Created in 1991, "The Drexel 100" consists of the University’s most successful living alumni, the induction of which is renewed every two years.
Their competitiveness also shows on the shining bronze of the statue that they have. Generations of Drexel students passing have rubbed the toe of "The Water Boy" statue for good luck in exams.
4. Georgetown University
This concludes our College Facts April 2017! It's almost the end of the semester. Keep calm and carry on!
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