These Hallowed Halls

Lore about college buildings and permanent fixtures around campus.

Colleges are rife with lore about various buildings and permanent fixtures on campus. What comes as a surprise to many students is learning that a treasured legend believed about statues or buildings on their campus is also told as true about numerous other universities. Such stories that at first blush appear to assert the uniqueness of a particular institute of higher learning only serve to prove that college lore is migratory.

Red bullet The library is sinking because the architect forgot to factor in the weight of the books.

White bullet Statues bow or call out messages when a virgin walks by.

White bullet Odd-looking building got that way because someone read the plans wrong and built it backwards.

White bullet Some college buildings have been specifically designed to make it easier for police to quell riots.

Red bullet Sororities are outlawed on certain campuses because local "brothel laws" prohibit more than a specified number of females from living together.

Red bullet Alexander Hall at Princeton University was built according to plans submitted by a failed architecture student who later paid for its construction.


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