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snopes 08 September 2009 08:42 PM

Watch your step! Campus curses abound
You might think your chances of graduating are related to how much you study, or that with responsible behavior you’ll have a safe and stable love life. But according to a number of Brown myths and legends that have endured over the years, your fate might be sealed by a careless misstep — literally.

Photo Bob 08 September 2009 09:09 PM


Moynihan said nobody takes the myth seriously, but many of the band members do take precaution when they walk through, especially during big events.
Uhmmmm. Some people take it seriously enough to take precautions. Or are we to assume that band members do not count as people?

Mr. Furious 08 September 2009 09:38 PM

It sounds more like a tradition than a genuine superstition, kind of like how many baseball players will absolutely not step on foul lines when jogging onto and off the field. It's talked about as a superstition, but I'd suspect that if the vast majority of people who engage in the act were asked, and were honest, they would not expect negative consequences.

songbird1329 15 October 2009 02:20 AM

the band tradition at Brown -- they carry their instruments upside down to avoid the "curse".

katdixo 15 October 2009 03:12 PM

At Bryn Mawr College, there is a stairway called the Senior Steps. The tradition is that if you walk on it before your senior year, it lessens your chances of graduating. I didn't really believe that I would not graduate if I walked on the steps, but nonetheless I stayed off them because I enjoy traditions. I think that's what the article means when it says that no one takes it seriously even though they do follow the tradition.

snopes 15 April 2011 04:58 AM

Comment: Rumor has it that at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas that
in Weeks Hall there were two girls murdered, and a suicide on the 3rd
floor. The dorm has been abandoned for a good twenty years now. There is
debris and remains of things like typewriters, large computer monitors,
and even clothes. Others claim that Weeks was shut down for repairs;
however, it appears that Weeks was abandoned rather quickly. Why leave
clothes, computers, and other items of importance? There is also a room on
the 3rd floor that has been surrounded by police tape. A fire alarm was
pulled on the third floor as well. When you go to the third floor, it is
eerily quiet, stuffy, and a bit warmer.

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