We’ve gone through our quirks, but you guys still don’t know some of our coolest stories or fun facts. We’ll start with the fun facts since those are shorter. There’s really only three I want to highlight. First of all our seal. We have had a seal (see the picture-that’s the original!) since 1870, although it was tweaked a bit in 1902 to create the current seal. Bonus side fact, the seal can be found on Copley and even in Gaston! Second, our semi-annual business meeting (when we hold elections and discuss amendments to the Constitution) is reknown for being very lengthy; our longest one has been reputed to have been a whopping fourteen hours long (I know, you’re thinking that’s crazy. I do too…thank goodness they feed us). And, last but not least, is that we have a Grand March. No, we don’t actually parade around anywhere, nor have I ever heard the March being played, but, nonetheless we did have a piece commissioned for us. So, if any of you are promising young instrumentalists and really want to blow away the upperclassmen, play it for us on the floor.
But the best story by far is that of the Kai Yai Yai Rebellion, otherwise known as the Rebellion of 1850. It was a cool Sunday evening in 1850—well it could have been hot, I don’t really know—when the Society planned a meeting during study hours. Since they enforced quiet hours much more back in the day, the Society was written up by the prefect and its privilege to meet was suspended for a month. Being the reputable debating society that it is, the Philodemic could not take such a suspension laying down. So, it spurred revolt. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a real revolt. Eloquent Philodemicians used their rhetorical skills to inspire other students to protest, screaming “KAI YAI YAI!”, throw rocks at buildings, and just generally cause chaos. Philodemicians petitioned the school and were even able to rope in community leaders to write to the administration. For a more full account, you all should check out the Philodemic history here: https://philodemic.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-history-of-the-philodemic-society.pdf
Enjoy the first official week of classes tomorrow! ELD,