10 Classes with Cool Senior Gifts

Nittany Lion Shrine
When asked about the Senior Class Gift options, Gavin told the Collegian, "Are any of these going to live up to the Nittany Lion Shrine? Probably not." The Lion Shrine was a gift from the Class of 1940.

Apparently we’re no longer the only campus news outlet that knows how to find stories on Twitter.

The Collegian published a story this morning that used a tweet from Gavin Keirans to frame a story about student leaders’ reactions to the 2010 Senior Class Gift proposals. Personally, I would have been more interested in a story based on one of his other tweets, but the article did show that many people are unsatisfied with the current crop of proposals.

I can imagine it’s frustrating for the Senior Class Gift Committee to hear these complaints while knowing that all the haters could have submitted a proposal months ago when the committee was soliciting them. I wanted to give everyone a little boost in the brainstorming process, so I did a little archival digging and found….

10 Classes With Cool Gifts

1900: Fifteen memorial benches for the University Park Campus.
1903: Organ for Schwab Auditorium, Gateway at Atherton Street-Pollock Road entrance to campus, and Bronze bust of President Atherton.
1904: Clock for Old Main tower.
1909: Monument (granite) at President Atherton’s grave beside Schwab auditorium and bronze plaque with base-relief portrait of General James A. Beaver mounted on boulder at Beaver Stadium.
1912: Wireless tower and radio station.
1932: Mural in Old Main- Land Grant Fresco by Henry Varnum Poor.
1940: Nittany Lion shrine sculpture by Heinz Warneke.
1956: Ambulance for Ritenour Health Clinic.
1997: Peace Garden.
2004: Willard Plaza.

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