The tippy top of the world-famous Rotunda was the site of a lot of folly over the years; alumni across generations sent in stories about climbing the scaffolding all the way to the oculus. Others got up there in different ways. Barbara Eley Parker (Nurs ’66) recalls: “I was dating a guy who had access to the roof of the Rotunda. One spring evening we went up these very narrow steps and exited onto the roof. It was a beautiful view of the Lawn.”
“My fourth year, I lived on 14th Street. To save time on my way to Grounds, I would hop the chain fence and walk over the train tracks next to St. Maarten’s. This was much faster than walking up The Corner and I was almost always running late! One morning, I was particularly behind schedule and, to my dismay, a train was stopped on the tracks; in an absolutely bonkers move, I crawled under the train, backpack and all! I still can’t believe I thought that was a good idea, but desperate (and hungover) times, desperate measures.”—Chelsey Jones (Col ’07)
“In my first semester, my RA organized a ‘road trip’ to Mary Washington College. This consisted of renting a U-Haul truck and loading us in the back. What astounds me to this day is how this common practice was enabled at both ends of the pipeline.”
—David Williams (Engr ’81)
“Showed up at a Chi Phi frat party dressed as a bunny—and not the sexy kind.”
—Teresa Moros (Col ’74)
Graduated a semester early (WHY DID I DO THAT?!?!).”—Justine Fritz (Col ’08)
“Participated in the kidnapping of VMI’s kangaroo mascot, brought it back to Charlottesville and tried to sneak it into Scott Stadium for the UVA-VMI football game.”
—Rodney Caldwell (Engr ’59)
Pictured right: One of the original Moes, VMI’s kangaroo mascot during the 1950s. After a series of Moes filled the role, the live animal was ultimately replaced by a costumed mascot in 1972.
“A few classmates and I had to arrive for J-Term on New Year’s Day, so we thought to have a fireworks show on Mad Bowl that night.”—William Booker (Col ’20)
“I scheduled nothing but Tuesday/Thursday classes for one semester. A mature, organized person could have made that work. I did not. And I thought it was genius at the time I did it. It was not.”—Steve Joynt (Col ’84)
“I took my brand-new Ford Bronco II ‘off-road’ in the U-Hall parking lot. This was in the early ’80s, when the parking lot was not fully paved and there were about 4-5 levels (with steep grass banks between the levels) going from street level down to the level of U-Hall. It was lots of fun and even got some ‘air’! Thankfully, no harm was done to the vehicle, its occupants or the parking lot!”—Shelley Payne (Engr ’86, ’87)
For our next issue:
What do you miss most about your time at UVA? Tell us at uvamag.com/timecapsules, and we’ll select some to run in the Summer issue.