Loyola might advertise itself to be a safe and trustworthy campus, but there may be secrets hiding beneath the quad that it doesn’t tell its students. What really is the truth?
Let's dive into the story of the greyhound dogs: a few years ago, Loyola had real greyhounds on campus that served as mascots to the school. They lived in a house off-campus with Father Nash, who no longer works here. They would make appearances at events and walk around campus. They were an amazing addition to the greyhound spirit!
So, why don't we have these dogs anymore? What happened to them?
Some say it was a budget issue and we couldn't afford to keep the cost of the animals (this seems unlikely, considering we were just able to get agave-vanilla soda on tap).
Others say it was because no one was able to take care of them and students were skipping classes to dog-sit.
However, the reason was actually most likely that one of the dogs bit a visitor. The suspect dog, Nicholas, came into an "unfortunate encounter with a human," as a faculty member from the Admissions office describes it. After the incident, Loyola quickly decided dogs weren't the best way to show spirit. Oh well.
Another mystery is the small white building in between Boulder and the library. People pass it all the time but no one really knows what it is. Well it turns out that it is a private home. Yes, someone actually lives there and she is super nice.
The homeowner admitted that the house used to be a "caretakers cottage," which probably means that it was privately owned and related to another historic building on campus, whether it be Humanities or the Evergreen Museum.
Which brings us to the next mystery: the Evergreen Museum itself. What exactly is it? There is a huge property behind the "caretaker's cottage" made up of grass and a small stream. Following that stream up a small hill is a brown building called "The Carriage House." It's old and rustic looking and its only purpose is for wedding receptions.
If you follow the path behind that building, you make your way to a huge yellow building with white pillars. It looks like you just walked into The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews is about to teach you how to sing. That is the Evergreen Museum.
The Evergreen Museum is just your average beautiful building/really old house that rich people owned. Inside, there is a Beauty and the Beast-like library and a whole room dedicated to Japanese art.
The entire perimeter of the building is filled with beautiful gardens and plants and benches and is kinda perfect for a picnic on your next Tinder date.
So, why don't more Loyola students visit this amazing sanctuary if it's so close to campus? Well, that's because it doesn't even belong to Loyola. The entire property is Johns Hopkins territory. The ex-owner of the house donated it to Johns Hopkins for some reason and now Loyola wants it.
Apparently there is a current rivalry between huge Loyola benefactors and whoever owns it now. There are rumors that the current owners’ will states we can never own the property the Evergreen Museum sits on and it may be all because we're a Jesuit institution.
Whatever. The Evergreen Museum doesn't need Loyola's love.
Anyway, we've gotten some answers but we still have some questions. Next we need to crack the case on the mysterious bar that used to be on campus and the ghosts that may or may not haunt Campion.