Mystery Photo

In our Spring 2011 Newsletter, Access, we posed the following..."This may look like a cornerstone, but it's not."

Here's the photo as it appeared in the newsletter.

Mystery Photo
Any idea? If not, here's the answer.

Mystery Photo hint
It's a bench on the west side of the Hall of Languages. Here's a wider shot.

Mystery Photo hint

But what makes this bench special is that it's the famous Syracuse University Kissing Bench donated by the Class of 1912. This marked the first time a graduating class at Syracuse University ever left a memorial to the school.

The Kissing Bench is a tradition rooted in SU history, although no one knows exactly when the legend of the Kissing Bench began.

In the 1950s tradition held that a co-ed kissed on the bench would not spend her life unmarried. In the 1970's the tradition changed to that a woman must be kissed on the bench in order to graduate and marry. Currently, the tradition states that if a man and women kiss while sitting on the stone bench, the couple will eventually marry. Although the wording of the tradition has changed over time, the basic premise has stayed intact.

The bench, which is made of plain granite, has the numbers 1912 engraved on the back. The bench was originally meant to be surrounded by little bushes, and at one time a huge tree stood behind and shaded the bench. Now a smaller tree provides the shade.



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