Ever since Academic Hall burned down in 1892, leaving nothing behind except six main columns, the area around Francis Quadrangle has been steeped in Mizzou tradition and local legends. According to tradition, students walking under the Journalism School archway should lower their voices to a whisper. The tale is that two students once failed a class after the dean of the school overheard them talking about cheating on a test.
On the west side of the quadrangle, students step on and around the stone shamrock inlaid in the patio outside the engineering building, Laferre Hall. Legend says that whoever crosses the shamrock is desitined to marry an engineer.