On Campus with Curt: University of Georgia
5/25/2018 6:00:00 AM | Back to Events
Originally Franklin College, the University of Georgia was founded in Athens, Georgia, in 1785 and is considered a "Public Ivy," a designation reserved for the top public universities in the U.S. With more than 37,000 enrolled, it's the country's oldest state-chartered university and the birthplace of the American system of public higher education. The school's motto is “Et docere et rerum exquirere causes,” which means, "To teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things."
The famed Arch on campus stands adjacent Broad Street across from downtown. The pillars of The Arch represent the Georgia Constitution's three principles of wisdom, justice and moderation, which are engraved over the pillars of the Seal and inside every official UGA Ring. Superstition deters students from walking through The Arch until they graduate.
Georgia's original colors included old gold, until the intense rivalry with Georgia Tech in 1891 resulted in a color clash. Georgia students and alumni declared yellow an unfit hue for the Georgia Bulldogs, deeming it a "cowardly" color. In 1893 UGA President Dr. Charles Herty removed old gold as an official school color. "Good Old Georgia Red" and black have been the official shades ever since.
The ringing of the Chapel Bell after a Georgia victory is a tradition that has endured since the 1890s. In Georgia football's early days, the playing field was located only yards from the chapel, and first-year students were compelled to ring the bell until midnight in celebration of a win. Bulldog fans now gather in Sanford Stadium for football. Home to a beloved English Bulldog named Uga, a costumed mascot called Hairy Dawg, and The Georgia Redcoat Marching Band, its sports teams have won 39 national championships and 130 conference championships.
Notable Dawgs include former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss; founder of Build-a-Bear, Maxine Clark; Entertainment Tonights' Julie Moran; Prime Minister of Yemen, Abdul Karim al-Iryani; "Mad Magazine" artist Jack Davis; the late writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard; actor Wayne Knight; The B-52s and R.E.M. bands, Gospel singer Casey J; lead singer for Widespread Panic, John Bell; Prairie Home Companion sound effects artist Fred Newman; former Dallas Cowboy Herschel Walker; and the PGA's Bubba Watson.
By Curt Langford