Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Top 10 Hofstra Legends

Some of Mrs. Hofstra's cats.  Courtesy of Hofstra
Special Collections.
Universities always are associated with legends--fantastical tales of the past that may or may not be true.  Hofstra is no exception.  This semester completes three years I've spent at Hofstra University and I thought I would share a list of my Top Ten Hofstra Legends.  In the comments, I'll let you know if the legend is true or false. To stir up trouble, I also included one or two
that I thought would be good legends for the university.  See if you can find them!

1.  Mrs. Hofstra left part of her fortune to her cats.

2.  The New York Jets once had offices in the Medical School.

3.  Mr. Hofstra avoided going down in the Titanic by choosing to go to Canada on a business trip.

4.  Charles Lindberg took off to Paris on his famous Atlantic crossing from airstrips that once were on the residential side of campus.

One of Hofstra's legends.  This is the famed "Hofstra
Tulip".  Photo by Bob Brinkmann.
5.  There is a tulip planted for every student on campus in the campus arboretum.

6.  Robert Moses resigned from the Board of Trustees when the university decided to build dormitories.

7.  Francis Ford Coppola was the first student to direct a major production on the Hofstra campus.

8.  Calkins Hall was once the gym.

9.  The first official team sport at Hofstra was polo, which was first played on campus in 1936.

10.  A secret tunnel connects the north and south side of campus under Hempstead Turnpike.

1 comment:

Bob Brinkmann said...

1. True. She left some of her money to take care of her pets after her death.
2. True.
3. True.
4. True
5. I've heard this legend. I don't know if it is true or not. It sure feels that way!
6. True. He resigned with a letter that said succinctly, "I quit."
7. True.
8. True.
9. No. The first team sport was rugby.
10. True.