Urban Legends and Campus Oddities at UNL
By Lindsey Givens
Unigo Campus Rep at UNL
1) The Columns
Legend has it if a girl leaves the University of Nebraska-Lincoln without being kissed, the columns will fall. It is considered a romantic spot to take a walk and share a kiss with a significant other.
2) The Haunted Temple
According to legend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln theatre building, named the Temple is haunted by two ghosts. The first is a student who died in the 40’s from an accident during a production of Macbeth. The second is the ghost of Dallas Williams, former Theatre Department Chairman (1944-1971). He was known as an eccentric teacher and is believed to still haunt the building. Theatre students at UNL will tell you that even today students report seeing ghosts. Late-night rehearsals, set building, and shop work take on a new meaning when you don’t know who will be there when you turn around!
3) The Sculpture Old Glory
This popular centrally-located sculpture was constructed in 1933 by Mark di Suvero. According to campus myth you can create every letter of the alphabet using the angles of the sculpture. Some students say they have seen all the letters, while others assert it is impossible. You never know until you try yourself.
4) The Lincoln Underground Flash Mob
A flash mob is a group of strangers who organize themselves, using electronic media such as mobile phones or the Internet, to gather together in a public place, behave in a pre-determined (and often silly) manner for a pre-determined amount of time, and then quickly disperse.
5) The Scarlet Streak
Once a semester students get clad in their underwear and run a designated route through campus in a big group. The run is usually somewhere around a mile long and both men and women enthusiastically don their scarlet and cream unmentionables.