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There are 5 comments on The Myths and Legends behind the BU Seal

  1. In “Rebel Without a Cause” new kid James Dean unknowingly steps on the high school seal and it’s a problem. Rebel came out in 1955. Feels like the right time frame to associate the new BU Crest with the event from the movie.

    Kevin (CAS 87)

  2. I was never superstitious about stepping on the seal, but shortly after arriving on campus, I learned that the seal is pretty slippery when it’s wet! After a few near-slips, I stopped walking on it.

    CAS ’07

  3. I step on the seal every finals week, it has kind of become a tradition. It’s a fun reminder that I’m in charge of my own destiny instead of the some mysterious forces at BU.

    CAS ‘20

  4. Not “stepping on the seal” is a tradition at many colleges and other establishments (i.e. sports teams) that have a logo or a seal-

    Georgetown University has the same legend of not graduating if you step on a centrally located seal/logo there

    it’s just about respect!

    true that the BU Crest is not the BU Seal, but this particular instance of the crest is in three-dimensional, circular “seal” format;

    plus the fact that it is so large and centrally located;

    that’s why people call it “The Seal!”

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