I guess everyone knows about Athena – the Greek goddess of wisdom (for those who don’t, well, she’s the Greek goddess of wisdom). The Alma Mater statue near the steps of low library in the campus of Columbia University, is supposed to be a sculpture of the said goddess – it also happens to be a beautiful piece of art by sculptor Daniel Chester (who is also credited with creating the Alma Mater statues for some other ivy league colleges)
Pretty good so far. So why is the post titled ‘the owl’?
Well, the Owl is the sacred bird of Athena and most depictions of the goddess show her with an owl.
Interesting piece of trivia. Why are you blogging about this?
Why is the moment ‘epic’ again?
That’s because legend has it, that:
- The first person in the batch to find the owl becomes the valedictorian
- If you touch the owl, you will marry a Barnard girl
- Anyone who touches the owl will be endowed with infinite wisdom
- Valedictorian? Meh (I’m sure someone from the batch touched it before me..and I won’t be here for long anyway…not to mention the fact that I don’t care about it)
- Interesting proposition – need to dig deeper into this
- THIS I could really use! In case I have a choice, I go for #3