New Dorm ASince 1991, the crest on Gregorian Quad A has watched over students as they go to and from the popular late-night eatery, Josiah’s Cafe. On Friday and Saturday nights, students are especially likely not to notice this crest.
Vartan Gregorian GateInstalled in the same year as the crest on Gregorian Quad A, this cousin stands atop the gates guarding the Vartan Gregorian Quad from Thayer Street traffic. On move-in day, particularly enterprising students can be seen maneuvering cars through the open gate into the quad.
President's HouseFor those lucky enough to receive an invitation to dine with President Paxson at the president’s house on Power Street, notice the crest adorning the flag as you enter. The house was originally constructed in 1922, but it appears the flag is either significantly newer or has aged extremely well.
Wayland HouseFor many arriving first-years, this crest atop Wayland House may be the first Brown crest they see on campus. It may also be the first truly beautiful object they have ever seen in their lives.
Cincinnati Gate (Wayland)This crest has stood atop the Cincinnati Gate in Wayland Arch since 1951. Though positioned in one of the most traveled areas on campus, this crest is relatively easy to miss. The crest has been pouting about its low visibility since 1969.
RattySince 1951, this crest has adorned one of the exits from the Sharpe Refectory onto Patriot’s Court. Though books shouldn’t be judged by their covers, in this case, the well-weathered seal may foreshadow further disappointments inside the Ratty.
Van Wickle GatesThis crest has proudly guarded the Van Wickle Gate since 1901. If you walk under this crest more than two times, tradition has it that men won’t graduate and women won’t get married. Funny how even curses can be sexist.
Philosophy DepartmentThis crest resides above the door to the Corliss-Brackett House, which used to hold the Admission Office until recently when the Philosophy Department moved in and Admission was relocated off College Hill. Somehow it seems Philosophy got the better end of this deal.
JWWThe crest on the side of J. Walter Wilson is hard to miss when crossing Waterman Street. Is it coincidence that the crest, featuring a sun, adorns the “Sol Koffler Wing,” and “sol” just happens to mean “sun” in Spanish? We think not.
FaunceThe crest on the glass facade of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center welcomes many prospective students to campus. After a student shattered the glass door to the Blue Room, no one will be surprised if this seal ends up in a pile of broken glass.
Lyman HallThe crest on the side of Lyman Hall is the oldest on campus, having been installed in 1890. If you’re thinking that some color would do well in the crest, you’re probably not alone.
GeoChemCan you see the crest on the side of MacMillan Hall? It’s on the little bit of cement near the top of the building. If you’re struggling, join the crowd. Apparently, Brown was inhabited by giants when MacMillan was built … way back in the 90’s.
Arnold LabThis crest stands above the door to Arnold Laboratory. Cast in concrete, it’s not the most stunning of crests on campus. Unfortunately, no one took this into consideration before starting construction of the Sciences Library.
Hunter LabHunter Lab: Look carefully and you might be able to notice the crest, originally installed in 1958, above the door to the newly renovated Hunter Laboratory. And yes, that’s a greenhouse on top of the building, not some geodesic space ship.
Pembroke SealThe most infamous of crests on Brown’s campus is actually the seal for Pembroke College. If you step on the seal, beware. Women will become pregnant before they graduate and men won’t graduate at all. In this case, the seal isn’t just sexist, it’s also vindictive.
Alumnae HallThis crest above the entrance to Alumnae Hall was originally installed in 1926. Yes, Alumnae Hall has recently been the location of the storied Sex-Power-God party. And no, not even the crest has been able to get tickets recently.
OMACThis crest adorns the side of the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center and is a familiar sight to student athletes. If you’ve never seen this crest before, use this as an excuse to visit the new Nelson Fitness Center.
Brown StadiumThe crest on the back of Brown Stadium was installed in 1925 and since then has watched over football fans. For students who haven’t been to a game, try going. You might surprise yourself and actually have a good time. Bonus points if you can spot the bears on the stadium.
Maddock Alumni BearGiven by the class of 1949, the Swearer Bear honors President Howard Swearer and was installed in 1988. The bear resides in front of the Maddock Alumni Center and always appreciates visits from current students.
Faculty Club BrunoThe Spitting Bear was originally installed in 1932 but has only been in its current place outside the Faculty Club since 2004. If you’re ever eating at the Faculty Club, follow the example of the bear and refrain from spitting inside.
Skating Bear Faculty ClubThe Brown Bear on Skates resides inside the Faculty Club and was given in honor of the Brown University band, which is the only skating band in the world. If that’s not a claim to fame, we don’t know what is.
BrunoThe bronze Brown Bear was originally installed in 1923 in front of Marvel Gymnasium, but in 1989 was moved to its current location on the Main Green. The pedestal contains a piece of slate from Roger Williams’ supposed 1636 landing site. If this isn’t true, it should be.
BookstoreFound inside the Brown Bookstore, this wooden bear has no official name. The Bear’s favorite pastimes include watching parents buy overpriced Brown apparel.
IndomitableThe newest bear on Brown’s campus, Indomitable, stands guard over the Ittleson Quadrangle and athletic facilities. If only the athletic teams were also indomitable.
MeehanThe Kodiak Bear has resided in Meehan Auditorium since 1948. Prior to this, the bear’s home was in the Sitka Peninsula, Alaska, until an unfortunate encounter with Jack Durrell and Ronald Kimball ’18.