Iowa Students Stage Walkout After Catholic School Rejects Teacher For Being Openly Gay
Last fall, Tyler McCubbin began substitute teaching and coaching track at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines, Iowa. McCubbin, who received his teacher’s certificate in September, enjoyed his experience at the school, so he did what most aspiring instructors would do: he applied to be a teacher.
Ra Ra Riot on their then careers, Jerk Magazine (2006)
Music, like any other professional field, requires hustle. It’s equal parts career and creativity after a certain point.
The first show where people likely began hearing of Ra Ra Riot happened in March 2006. It was Spring Break at Syracuse University, so the group decided to book a show in NYC. “I had been working at labels and doing internships, so I basically just invited everyone I knew from the industry out to see the band in the city,” said Josh Roth, longtime friend and manager of the band. “I knew this was awesome, they’re better than a run of a mill college band.”
The band landed at Piano’s, an intimate venue that holds about 150 in the main room. But what the venue didn’t anticipate was the word of mouth that built around the band on campus even that earlier. With Spring Break in full effect, SU students at home in the tri-state area gladly made the trip. It was perfect chaos, a basement off Euclid Avenue transferred into the most influential industry market on the east coast. “All of a sudden it was this crazy night,” Roth recalled. “We had sold out the main room at Piano’s and no one knew who the band was.”
Hidden UT: The Meaning Behind the Maces
What medieval knights once swung in battle, deans in commencement processions now calmly carry.
That’s right, those ceremonial maces you see carried by academic leaders at big University of Texas events like Honors Day (this Saturday, April 18) and commencement, have their roots in ancient weaponry, originally used to break an opponent’s armor.
And while UT’s collection of more than 40 maces serves a far more peaceful purpose, their story is steeped in tradition and powerful symbolism.
College and school maces have ornamental toppers that represent that unit’s field of study. The collection also includes maces with prominent university symbols such as the interlocking UT logo and Bevo (in honor of student athletes) or celebrating notable milestones like the UT’s 75th anniversary and the Commission of 125.
Another mace has been used only once: Topped with an eagle, it was carried by President Lyndon B. Johnson when he delivered the 1964 commencement address during his first year in office. The mace will be carried again only when another U.S. president serves as the commencement speaker.
The entire collection is on display on the first floor of the Flawn Academic Center (map).
So what symbols are featured on the college and school maces? Here are a few examples. Get more history and learn what tops the rest of the maces.
Cockrell School of Engineering
Mace 1: A carved wooden figure of Alexander Frederick Claire, the patron saint of the school. Also includes a “ramshorn” symbol, a checkmark with a curved top used by the college’s original dean as a mark of excellence.
Mace 2: A gear wheel, an electric lamp, a winged propeller, a diagrammatic sketch and a chemical tank symbolic of mechanical, electrical, aerospace, architectural and chemical engineering, respectively
College of Fine Arts: A lyre, a musical instrument used in ancient Greece, and also includes a mask; an artist’s palette; and a mallet, chisel and caliper to represent drama, art and sculpture, respectively.
College of Liberal Arts
Mace 1: A terrestrial globe representing human life and activity
Mace 2: An inkwell and four quills symbolic of writing and literary pursuits
College of Pharmacy: A mortar and pestle and the “Rx” symbol
McCombs School of Business
Mace 1: Replicas of the six most commonly minted coins in U.S. currency, a dollar sign to represent finance, a ledger for accounting, a letter for general business and a credit card for marketing
Mace 2: A coin showing a likeness of Liberty comparable to the design of the Liberty head coins, or Morgan dollars, minted from 1878 to 1921. On the sides of the mace’s head, a picture of a board of directors at a conference table represents management, and a cash register and bar code are symbolic of marketing administration.
Moody College of Communication
Mace 1: A radio broadcast microphone, a television set and an image of The Daily Texan
Mace 2: A satellite dish, symbolizing the college’s state-of-the-art response to the world’s changing communication needs
School of Architecture: This school’s mace features the most famous piece of architecture on campus: the university’s iconic Tower and Main Building.
School of Law
Mace 1: Judge’s bench and a witness stand
Mace 2: The balancing scales of justice
School of Nursing: A burning lamp, in honor of famous nurse and “The Lady with the Lamp” Florence Nightingale. It also symbolizes the enlightened vigilance of nurses caring for those in need.
Honors Day photos by Marsha Miller.
The University of Texas at Austin is a vast place, with more than 40 acres of campus containing untold collections, artifacts and treasures. Our #HiddenUT series shines a spotlight onto UT’s unheralded gems.