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Transy students spend night in Rafinesque’s tomb, 1976

Posted on October 31, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Two Transylvania University coeds, Anna Gaye McMahon, 19, left, and Teresa Gibson, 19, spent the night in the tomb of Constantine Rafinesque in the basement of Old Morrison on October 26, 1976. The eccentric professor taught at Transylvania during the early 19th century and was nationally known for his studies in botany. He was booted out of the school by Transy president Horace Holley in 1827. Tradition says Rafinesque placed a curse of the university that strikes every seven years. Transy students annually paid homage to Rafinesque with a convocation, torchlight parade and dance around Halloween. The two coeds decided the previous spring that it would be a wild, crazy thing to do. Gaye slept on Rafinesque's crypt and Gibson slept atop the coffin of Sauveur F. Bonfils, another Transy professor who has shared the tomb since 1939. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

Transylvania University students Anna Gaye McMahon, 19, left, and Teresa Gibson, 19, spent the night in the tomb of Constantine Rafinesque in the basement of Old Morrison on Oct. 26, 1976. The eccentric professor taught at Transylvania during the early 19th century and was nationally known for his studies in botany. He was booted out of the school by Transy president Horace Holley in 1827. Tradition says Rafinesque placed a curse of the university that strikes every seven years. Transy students annually paid homage to Rafinesque with a convocation, torchlight parade and dance around Halloween. McMahon and Gibson decided the previous spring that it would be a wild, crazy thing to do. Gaye slept on Rafinesque’s crypt and Gibson slept atop the crypt of Sauveur F. Bonfils, another Transy professor, who has shared the tomb since 1939. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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