NYU insults New England alumnae/i

My alma mater has aimed a deadly insult at me and my fellow Violets here in the land of all that is right, decent and pompous. Owing to construction on the campus green concrete that is Washington Square Park this Wednesday the commencement ceremony will take place at YANKEE STADIUM.


That does it. I am not giving the school another penny until the commencement ceremony takes place at Fenway. And by “another” I mean “a first”.

(Yes, we are The Violets. I can’t tell you exactly how amusing it was to be a wrestler from a school based in Greenwich Village AND have the team name of The Violets. Once we were at a tri-meet with Stephens Tech and University of Pennsylvania and so had The Ducks and The Quakers laughing at us. We deserved it. For reasons I was never able to determine the student newspaper referred to the women’s teams as Violettes. Because plain ol’ Violet wasn’t femme enough? The school has tried to change the team names to The Bobcats, in honor of — not making this up — the library catalog. )


5 thoughts on “NYU insults New England alumnae/i

  1. I went to Enwhyyou, too. And for me, the name “Violets” always seemed to fit nicely with the school and its commitment to the physiological arts.

    My prep school teams were called the “Blues” — after the vicious bluefish, said Mr. Panzerschlag, the gym teacher and einsatzgruppen washout. Miss Guisinger, who taught music, insisted (over Camel Lights in the parking lot) that the name came from a well-loved 12-bar musical form. “No, Nihil, I won’t go to see Rocky Horror with you, ” she’d say. “Now go practice your pentatonics.”

    Teams named after colors have a long tradition, don’t they? The fiercely fighting boys of Harvard are know as Crimson, right? And although Harvard may kick NYU’s ass in some ways — fund raising, academics, name-droppability, and luscious alumnae — at least NYU knows what color to use with its name. Crimson is bright red, with a dash of purple, except at Harvard, where it seems to be maroon or burgundy.

    Boola boola

  2. But we weren’t named after the color. We were named after the flower. They were rampant at the original NYU campus in the South Bronx.

    Bool & Bool. My high school team was the Blue Wave. Thankfully my son will be a member of the Wolfpack. GO LATIN!

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