In the basement of Bill Battle Coliseum reclines a statue of the BSC mascot. Its pinkish hue contrasts with its bronze sister who greets fans at the upstairs entrance.
Most campuses have statues that have entered the realm of folklore because of legends associated with them. Usually, these stories involve the statue reacting to the presence of a virgin, such as “Silent Sam” on the UNC campus, who fires his rifle if a virgin walks by. Statues also become an active part of student customary behaviors.
At Northeastern University, for example, a bronze statue of the school's mascot, a husky, stands guard in the entrance to the student center. The statue is usually covered with yellow post-it® notes—the campuses unofficial message board. Other schools have statues whose body parts are worn down because students continually rub them for good luck.
How long have these statues been in place?
Are there any legends associated with them?
Have students customarily interacted with the statues in any way?
Are there other statues or sculptures on campus that are focal points for legends or behaviors?
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