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Wofford Village featured in Sandlapper magazine

The Village
2008-12-02

College also included in article about ‘Legendary Landmarks’

SPARTANBURG, S.C.
– Wofford College’s Village senior student housing is featured in the Winter 2008-09 edition of Sandlapper magazine titled “It Takes A Village,” available now. Wofford also is included in an article about “Legendary Landmarks” at college campuses.

A photograph of a Santa Claus Christmas ornament taken by college staff photographer Mark Olencki also appears on the inside front cover of the magazine.

In “It Takes A Village,” the South Carolina publication highlights the reaction of students living in The Village as well as plans for Phase IV of the project.

“The Village provides a residential setting that is the best kind of neighborhood for a college senior. There’s a sense of community built around interesting residential architecture, front porches, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets, outdoor recreation and ‘hang-out places,’” the magazine writes.

In “Legendary Landmarks,” the story of Wofford’s “misplaced ‘i’” in the plaque in Main Building donated by Dr. Herman Baer is told. Baer, a German native who graduated from Wofford in 1857 and taught foreign languages at the college before becoming a successful Spartanburg businessman and trustee of the college, had a plaque made in honor of founder Benjamin Wofford. To his dismay, the plaque contained a glaring word, “benificent" – a misspelling of the word “beneficent.” The angered Baer refused to have the plaque recast, insisting it remain as a warning to student to avoid shoddy work. Through the years, students often rub the misplaced “i” for good luck on a test or to ward off carelessness in general.

Sandlapper is published quarterly by Sandlapper Society, a non-profit organization. An electronic (PDF) version of the magazine is available at the Knowitall Web site of SCETV at www.knowitall.org, providing expanded access to the magazine in classrooms.

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