To the Editor:

Throughout my three years at Fairfield University, I have never expressed my views or opinions in such a way as I am about to do so. Never have I written for The Mirror and never have I spoken out to such a degree. This all may be based on a hunch, but I felt that there was something incredibly inaccurate with last week’s edition of The Mirror.

Last week while reading The Mirror, I found a typographical error so blatant that I skipped the $5 dollar reward and pulled out my laptop. Was it a typo at all? I found the ‘typo’ while reading the headline for a beautifully written article commemorating a man who contributed his life to bettering Fairfield University’s community.

His name is William Lucas, a man whose legacy will live on through his administrative achievements and philanthropic efforts. The article did a great job in highlighting the accomplishments of such a prominent man in our community, however the headline did him  no justice at all. The headline read: “Lucas’ Memory Lives on Through Campus Center Elk and More.” The phrase ‘Campus Center Elk’ confused me greatly.

Whose decision was it to use the word ‘Elk’ in a headline honoring the passing of great man known for his inspiration of our very mascot, Lucas the Stag?  I am not sure who is in charge of writing headlines at The Mirror, but misrepresenting our community and such an influential man by using the word ‘Elk’ instead of Stag was a poor choice at best.

However, I did research and found an ongoing debate concerning the Stag head mounted in the lower level of the BCC. The concern is if whether it is an actual Stag or Elk that overlooks our bustling campus center.

Be it Stag or Elk, it truthfully does not matter. It’s not what you call it, it’s what the symbol stands for, which is the valorous and triumphant spirit here at Fairfield University.

Perfectly explained by Shakespeare, reads the quote, “What’s in a name?” Call it what you want, but for the sake of William Lucas, give him the justice he deserves and respectfully use accurate recognition when paying homage to a passed loved one.


Christopher Morris ’11

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