As the rumor goes, the 'wise' stay quiet
Friday, October 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

“Wise Shall be the Bearers of Light.”

This motto spans the stone archway connecting two of Francis Quadrangle’s oldest buildings, the School of Journalism’s Walter Williams and Neff halls .

It’s supposed to be a silent walkway, according to an old rumor that students will flunk their next exams if they talk while passing under the arch.

The rumor started after a student who was talking about her professor was overheard when the echoes carried under the arch.

Underneath the arch stand two stone lions given to MU by the Chinese government in 1931 as a sign of international goodwill.

According to another arch story, the lions are thought to roar at female students passing by who do not have a pure conscience.

Although the lions haven’t been heard roaring recently, they do appear to snarl at passers-by.

Source: MU Archives

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