By Aviva Hope Rutkin
Love is blind. When one joins a college club or organization, he often does not know its history—the ups and downs, the forgotten dramas, the hours of unpaid dedication. We personally have spent untold hours in our dimly lit Concordiensis office without the faintest idea of what was going on here fifty, or ten, or even five years ago.
Over the next few weeks, we plan to investigate different aspects of the Concordy’s fascinating past, not only for our own edification but also your entertainment. And so begins:
PART ONE: THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS MASCOT
There is a piece of cardboard has survived spring cleanings several times over. It is two feet long in the shape of a white dog with the word Concordy on his back. Its front paw is raised, its nose towards the ground. Half of the tail is missing. There is no indication of when the dog was created, nor who was the creator; it simply leans awkwardly against an office window, watching us edit.
However, it appears that the dog is more than a homemade scrap of décor. It is the Concordiensis’s unofficial mascot.
Last fall, two staff members were searching through our archives when they found a comic (see below) featuring none else than the Concordy dog. This comic, which was published on Feb. 25, 1999, depicts the dog sniffing out a trail of slime left by a metaphorical ‘hazing monster’—the Concordiensis personified, seeking the truth behind a Greek controversy.
We have combed the archives for more instances of the dog, hungry to learn more. Issues from 1960-1961 provide a plethora of examples, mostly of the dog looking longingly at lists of rules and regulations. Unfortunately, we have not unearthed an origin story. It’s likely we never will.
We are excited to have identified the dog as our unofficial symbol, and plan on including him in the mix. Keep a lookout in future issues for his appearance. You might find him in this very issue, if you look carefully enough.