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    The Legend of the Bulldog

    By: Hunter Spillers
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    L
    ying here beneath this seal
    Donned with red and blue
    Is a faithful friend whom is dear to us
    Whose spirit remains forever true
    For on that fateful day
    in the autumn of '99
    Began a legend
    Steeped in tradition
    That withstands the hands of time
    He rest among his commrades
    To whom he gave his life
    Names embedded in the ground
    Paying homage to his strife
    He leads the path flanked with pillars
    On which each Techster treads
    His heart may beat no more
    But his soul is never dead
    So now a century later
    We recall his epic tale
    It began in the autumn of '99
    At the stroke of the Old Main bell
    On the day this story started
    It began like any other day
    A chilly morning in Louisiana
    filled with fog and grey
    Constant scratching at the window
    By branches on which no leaves remain
    Fraternal brethen arise
    For a day of class again
    Arthur, James, and Jesse,
    George, and Daniel too
    Quickly enrobe in light jackets
    Their letters worn proud and true
    With haste they grab some buttered biscuits
    And slather on peach jam
    Graciously provided by Mrs. Stubbs
    She made it all by hand
    They thank the landlord's misses
    And make their way out the door
    Embarking on their journey
    Not knowing what's in store
    They pause a moment on the porch
    Thanking the Lord for daily bread
    And sincerely asking for His guidance
    In the day ahead
    Unknowingly their small prayer
    Broke through Heaven's floor
    God's plan for this gloomy day
    Will shine for evermore
    The walk through the woods
    Took the men several minutes
    Above the rustling of the leaves
    They heard the train roar in the distance
    Breaking through the dense fog
    They near the majestic building
    High and mighty in red brick
    Its presence is unyielding
    Up upon the pediment
    Painted in dark blue
    Bears the name of their alma mater
    Louisiana Industrial Institute
    Past the mighty columns
    And through the heavy oak door
    Down the hallway they ran
    Up to the second floor
    The aroma of fresh paint
    Made the Old Main come alive
    After all she was quite young
    She was built in '95
    In the classroom stood the professor
    Waiting patiently
    In the desks sat the brothers
    Panting heavily
    The professor's dark beard hung low
    Resting on his chest
    He looked dapper in his grey suit
    And his burgundy vest
    Out the window the fog had cleared
    Revealing an autumn scene
    Bursts of orange and yellow
    Without a sign of green
    On their fists they rest their chins
    And their tired and heavy heads
    While being taught philosophy
    They dreamed of playing ball outside instead
    As the lecture reached its end
    The guys grabbed their books and went
    Hurridly they left Old Main
    Where half of their day was spent
    Stepping into the Quad
    the men are warmly greeted
    By the Methodist reverend who crossed their path
    And asks them to be seated
    The humble reverend is on a mission
    He calls it a Holy Quests
    He prays for the souls on the campus
    And asks them for any requests
    They all speak of their loved ones
    Asking for their protection
    Hopeful for the day they'd make it back
    Before the winter session
    In silence the men sat
    As the preacher prayed over them
    Talking to God so beautifully
    It sounded like a hymn
    He bids the men fare well
    As he continues on his way
    He thanks them for sitting a spell
    As he spoke to Jesus this day
    They pull a pigskin out their bag
    And make mad dashes across the Quad
    Playfully the men tear up
    the freshly dampened sod
    Inspite of their hungry bellies
    The men keep at the game
    Forgetting the dinner Mrs. Stubbs had packed
    And it caused them great shame
    As the sun slowly faded
    Behind the nobel trees
    Once their dinner had cooled
    Back to the house for supper the men flee
    The Old Main bell sounded
    Announcing the end of the day
    And the train whistle blew loudly
    Off to the West it made its way
    And to the South the men scurry
    By the bleak and dissmal light
    When in the woods the men were frightened
    By a short creature in sight
    They came upon the creature
    To discover he meant no harm
    It was only a playful Bulldog
    That had a certain charm
    After the guys calm their nerves
    George and Daniel unanimously settle
    To give the hungry dog the stew sent with them
    from Mrs. Stubbs' large, black kettle
    Lapping up the cold stew
    The rest decide not to risk it
    And so they give their new buddy
    What's left of their old biscuits
    While nearly in the darkness
    The men think best not to linger
    They pat the dog on the head
    In return he licks their fingers
    The men brush it off their shoulders
    They think nothing more of the situation
    Little did they know that their new friend
    Would soon be the father of the Bulldog nation
    Nestled sweetly past the tree line
    Within the fields of cotton
    The house stood quaintly among the chemney smoke
    An image soon to be forgotten
    The guys reach the front door
    And courteously remove their boots
    Making their way into their rooms
    They don their union suits
    While Mrs. Stubbs in the kitchen
    Cries to her husband for help
    Because outside the kitchen window
    Stood a dog with a disturbing yelp
    The guys exclaimed, "don't shoot him!"
    As Mr. Stubbs came with his gun to kill it
    "We met this dog in the woods
    Would you mind if he stayed a bit"
    All was well with the Stubbs
    The poor fellow is a stray
    It'll be far too cold for him tonight
    In the kitchen he may stay
    From rags they made their new friend
    a warm and cozy bed
    infront of the wood burning stove
    a nice place to rest his head
    They gave him a pat on the back
    And scratch behind his ears
    Then went to their rooms and off to bed
    While he wag his little tail with cheer
    While in bed they bow their heads
    Realizing as they pray
    Quite a few uncommon happenings
    For such an ordinary day
    But they drift off to sleep
    thinking nothing more
    with the dog asleep in the kitchen
    the only sound a snore
    That night something happened
    That no one can quite recall
    Smoke filled every room
    With no one awakened at all
    In the darkness of the night
    Stood there in a blaze
    Amid the ivory field of cotton
    The house in a golden haze
    It was the days before alarms and sirens
    There was nothing there to wake them
    Deep in the woods the house was hidden
    From those deemed fit to save them
    Down the hallway
    The little dog trudged
    Into each bedroom
    Giving every sheet a good tug
    He even climbed up the stairs
    To wake up the Stubbs
    They each come out one by one
    Thankful for the day
    Leaving everything inside the burning house
    Including their friend they found a stray
    Each face was coated black
    Broken by their tears' streams
    Searching frantically for their hero
    But he was nowhere to be seen
    Beneath the charred rubble
    Within the house's nave
    Lay the small dog like a burnt offering
    His friends for to save
    He seemed so peaceful
    Deep in his dreamless sleep
    His body nearly untouched
    By the fire's intense heat
    Without a word spoken
    They knew what was to be done
    The hero deserved a proper burial
    Back where they met they would run
    Carrying the lifeless body
    The men breakdown crying
    Nothing breaks a man's heart
    Like a dear friend dying
    They ran for what seemed an enturnity
    Back to that stately tree
    Cleared the ground beneath them
    And solemnly took a knee
    George removed his blue coat
    Then James removed his coat of red
    They wrapped the dog's little paws
    And then they wrapped his head
    Then Jesse, Arthur, and Daniel
    quickly dug with their battered hands
    What will forever be their dear friend's eternal bed
    In the stillness of the moment
    the men continually sobbed
    When in the whistle of the wind
    They looked up to the sky and talked to God
    Their hearts cried out in pain
    But in thanksgiving for this dog
    What began as a brief acquaintance
    Came to save us afterall
    Thank You God for the friends
    That we meet along the way
    And may this friend be remembered
    Forever from this day
    Here at this graveside
    Where our precious dog lays his head
    What once was Louisiana Industrial Institute
    Is now Louisiana Tech instead
    No longer under the oak tree
    He rests now beneth the untimely clock
    In Centennial Plaza
    Where all our students flock
    Forever inspiring hearts of the faithful
    Of the dear ole Red and Blue
    As we raise our finger for the One
    Whose Bulldog pride is ever true
    May we remember the Love and Loyalty
    displayed by our dear friend
    And may the spirit of the Bulldog
    Remain until the very end.

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    That is so beautiful it brought me to tears! Awesome. Brilliant. Thank you!

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Good, but he's not under the seal, even if you change the story and say we dug up his body from under the oak tree and reburied him (ewww). I hate the buried under the seal myth...

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by GermDawg View Post
    Good, but he's not under the seal, even if you change the story and say we dug up his body from under the oak tree and reburied him (ewww). I hate the buried under the seal myth...

    Actually, considering the main electrical "crypt" for the east part of campus is under the clock tower its kind of got a little bit of twist to it



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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by GermDawg View Post
    Good, but he's not under the seal, even if you change the story and say we dug up his body from under the oak tree and reburied him (ewww). I hate the buried under the seal myth...
    That had me laughing this morning. Yeah sounds gross.

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    GREAT POEM! Thanks for sharing that! Yeah, there are a few twists, but all handed down traditions have that. VERY NICE!

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by GermDawg View Post
    Good, but he's not under the seal, even if you change the story and say we dug up his body from under the oak tree and reburied him (ewww). I hate the buried under the seal myth...


    yea....kinda like the myth about the Lady of the Mist. How people believe she's some amazing symbol of welcome to the campus when in all actuality she just has a nice set for the president to stare at when he's bored in his office. hey we could find ways to contradict all of our traditions or we could be nobel tech fans and respect them.

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    "under the seal" thing isn't really a tradition though is it? Didn't Porter start that in, uh, 2004?

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by CChandler View Post
    "under the seal" thing isn't really a tradition though is it? Didn't Porter start that in, uh, 2004?
    It has to start sometime. All traditions have a start date. It is just a "new" tradition. :icon_wink:

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    The Plaza wasnt always the Plaza. It was Arizona Street until 1994.

    And before it was a paved, public right-of-way, it was woods.

    And that, class, is how the Bulldog was buried under a tree and is now beneath the seal.

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by CChandler View Post
    "under the seal" thing isn't really a tradition though is it? Didn't Porter start that in, uh, 2004?

    Hope so, I'd hate to think the put the old Harper parking lot over the top of the bulldog. When I came to Tech it was the told us it was under the Lady of The Mist and the oak that stood there burned down when the old admin building burnt down.

    The admission/orientation people need to pick a story and stick to it. Can't pass into lore if you change the story every 5 years



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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by osl530 View Post
    yea....kinda like the myth about the Lady of the Mist. How people believe she's some amazing symbol of welcome to the campus when in all actuality she just has a nice set for the president to stare at when he's bored in his office. hey we could find ways to contradict all of our traditions or we could be nobel tech fans and respect them.
    Yeah and you just contradicted it in poem form; that was not the original tradition. When I went through Orientation in 2000; the OSL said no one knows where the original bulldog is buried and added his own thoughts that it might be under the seal in Centennial Plaza.

    Which is better to me than incorrectly saying he IS in Centennial Plaza. It's too easy to disprove; according to the original legend he was buried under an oak tree and unless their was an tree in the middle of a street (aka what Centennial Plaza used to be) he's not their.

    It's a good poem, but this is one of the few myths/stories/traditions that I think every Tech fan hold near and dear and when you take a few liberties or twists with it don't be surprised when they are called out.

    For instances, in the original story, the bulldog woke everyone up except one student, they were all outside, including the dog when they realized this and the dog went running back into the flaming house. The last student came stumbling out minutes later but the dog did not return.

    Instead of the dog going back into the flames the poem makes it sound like everyone got out and the dog just couldn't get out or was left by the occupants.

    http://www.latech.edu/fye/legend.shtml

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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    The Plaza wasnt always the Plaza. It was Arizona Street until 1994.

    Before it was a paved right-of-way, it was woods.

    And that, class, is how the Bulldog was buried under a tree and is now beneath the seal.
    .

    Actually the old Arizona Street was there pre-Tech except it went all the way through to the state Hwy that is now part of Barnett Springs better look at the old street maps and topography layouts of Ruston.



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    Re: The Legend of the Bulldog

    Quote Originally Posted by Champ967 View Post
    The Plaza wasnt always the Plaza. It was Arizona Street until 1994.

    And before it was a paved, public right-of-way, it was woods.

    And that, class, is how the Bulldog was buried under a tree and is now beneath the seal.
    So the bulldog's final resting place was torn up and disturbed when the street and utilities were laid and again when the Centennial plaza was made?

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