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CUSTOM

THERE IS A TRADITION AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT
ALLOW A PERSON TO STEP ON THE SCHOOL SEAL IN THE LOBBY OF THE
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

James Callow comment:

WALKING PROHIBITION--FITS INTO "STEP ON A CRACK" MOTIF
VAGUELY--F. M. PAULSEN

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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WHILE I WAS ATTENDING MARYGROVE COLLEGE FROM 1964 TO 1966, THE
STORY WAS ALWAYS TOLD ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN WHO LIVED FOR A YEAR IN THE
UNDERGROUND TUNNEL CONNECTING THE BUILDINGS. WE NEVER TRIED TO
SUBSTANTIATE OR DISPROVE IT, BUT WHENEVER WE HAD TO GO NEAR
THE TUNNEL EXIT WE ALWAYS TOOK A FRIEND ALONG FOR SAFETY AND
NEVER LINGERED TOO LONG AROUND IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- Human Being

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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COLLEGE BELIEF

IF A VIRGIN EVER WALKS THE PATH PAST THE BEAUMONT TOWERS AT
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, THE TOWER WILL CRUMBLE.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- Religious hero

Date learned: 01-24-1972

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ROTTEN EGGS

(WALKING TO SCHOOL GAME): CAN'T STEP ON A SQUARE
(OF SIDEWALK) WITH ANY WRITING WHATSOEVER AND
IF YOU DO THEN YOU ARE A ROTTEN EGG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School

Date learned: 11-29-1967

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UNIVERSITY CUSTOM

THERE IS A TRADITION AT JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY THAT DOES NOT
ALLOW A PERSON TO STEP ON THE SCHOOL SEAL IN THE MAIN LOBBY OF THE
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

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James Callow comment:

WALKING PROHIBITION--FITS INTO "STEP ON A CRACK" MOTIF VAGUELY--F.M. PAULSEN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- School
BELIEF -- School

Date learned: 12-06-1967

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