Thursday, June 12, 2014



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

History of the Shoe Tree

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the shoe tree? So did Bonnie McCubbin, who investigate the origins of the tree as a part of her SMP. You can read her article here or read my summary of her article below.

The Shoe Tree was first recognized in a 1989 article of the point news (meaning I am about as old as the Shoe Tree), referring to the tree as student art. Many opposed the tree, citing that it was tacky and may hurt the tree (definitely true) while others were pro-tree. It was the meatless mondays of yesteryear.

By 1992 new Point News writers had already forgotten about the origins of the tree. Literally 4 years after the Shoe Tree began people had already forgotten its origins. Oral tradition is dead.

During the 90s the tree represented a student art installation piece, but by 1997 the tree was being used for memorable firsts, like first sexual encounter on campus or for graduation. But by 2001 the Shoe Tree had fallen out of favor and few students were throwing shoes in it.

Today of course it is generally seen as a place to throw your shoes after having sex for the first time on campus, and one of the first and last holes on the frisbee golf course.

What does the future hold for the Shoe Tree? It's looking a looked ragged, from all the shoes probably. Is the Shoe Tree something that makes St. Mary's 'unique' or is it tacky? Will it survive the campus rebranding?

Planning on spending Alumni Weekend investigating this piece of SMCM lore. Ask any 45-50 year olds you see~

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alumni Weekend 2k14

Alumni Weekend is approaching! I have compiled a list of things to bring in case you have never attended~

  • Bathing suit


SMCM has revealed its new personal brand~

For years there has been talk of 'moving away from using the rad logo with the sailboats (which is a blatant ripoff of my logo)' and reserving that logo for only official documents and seals. I can see the rationale for this, I think. Most colleges use their name logo and mascot for general branding, rather than the seal of the college. IDK which is better but I hope this does not mean I can no longer buy stuff with the boats seal on it.

WELL here is the new 'branding'

It looks pretty nice! Dropping the yellow definitely makes it easier on the eyes (whatup shawty) but it is also maybe a little bland ???

I do love the whole ~ under the T. I don't understand it but I like it. I don't even know how you could type that out



The facebook page has a new profile picture which is simply

 Not really sure what "ST M" is. Is this a reference to STEM (science technology engineering math)???

IS the college more of a SMCM or SMC kinda person? TBH I like both, not really sure which is better...