Saturday, November 27, 2010

Transylvania University

Now it would be hard for me to describe how lame the current spate of "vampire" TV shows, books, etc. are in my humble estimation.  It's all a bit ... sick actually, and I can hardly wait for some wacko copycat to do someone in Dracula-style, as will surely happen (if it hasn't already).  At any rate, I noticed the other day that Transylvania University is located in Lexington, Kentucky, so I thought I'd give it a look.  The name stems from it's founding within the heavily-forested region of western Virginia known as the Transylvania Colony, which became most of Kentucky in 1792.  "Actually, "Transylvania" is Latin for "across the woods," ... [and] became the 16th college in America when it was founded in 1780, so as you can imagine, it is deeply rooted in history and has produced a long line of graduates who have impacted the world.  Transylvania, a fun place to live, learn, and work, has an enrollment of approximately 1,100 students ..."  Hold it!  This fountain of knowledge was founded 230 years ago and still only manages to enroll 1100 students total (275 per year)?  TU is related by covenant to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), however "because intellectual and religious freedom are important values for the Disciples of Christ, the colleges, universities, and seminaries founded by its congregations do not seek to indoctrinate students or faculty with a sectarian point of view".  (Perhaps they should try, as TU apparently has a "Major Frat and Sorority Scene").  I'm not the only one who has never heard of TU; Hallmark Cards had to recall a line of t-shirts and other products it created for Halloween one year promoting what the company thought was the fictional alma mater of Dracula.  TU even had a chance to change its name in 1908, eleven years after Dracula, the novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, was published - but decided against it in a fit of common sense.