This way to Transylvania
Many years ago, this sign arched across a sidewalk entrance to the Transylvania campus that faced Broadway. The old sidewalk wound its way through what is now the lawn in front of Haupt Humanities, up to the old College of the Bible building that occupied the Haupt site. The sign now hangs in the Rafskeller, the campus grill.
From the Latin
This 1920 Transylvania A.B. diploma, printed on parchment, was earned by Earl Rhodes Thompson and was contributed by John L. Thompson, his grandson and Transy’s computer help desk coordinator. It’s written in Latin and was translated for us by classics professor John Svarlien, reading, in part, “We inform the readers that Earl Rhodes Thompson is an upright alumnus of our academy, and that he has been judged worthy in those studies that pertain to the foremost degree, studies already completed with great praise and by means of esteemed and often special gifts both of learning and natural ability, who advances into the ranks of baccalaureates...”
|An unusual rain
Art professor Kurt Gohde has a bottle of what is believed to be meat rain—actual flakes of meat said to have fallen from the sky for 10 minutes on March 3, 1876, at Olympia Springs, Ky. Samples were gathered and studied at Transylvania and sent to other scientists, whose theories about the substance ranged from vegetable matter to frogs, muscle fiber, cartilage, and lung tissue.
This 1939 T-Book belonged to Margaret “Boots” Sweeney ’43. T-Books served as guides for the well-informed student. This one includes sports schedules, fraternity and sorority information, a list of local churches, the Honor Code, the words to the Transylvania Alma Mater and rules for class and chapel attendance.