Scripps College Poem

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*Scripps College*

We’ll start here at the doors of Denison,
Then with the years you’ll go proceed,
To hold each tick as prime as venison,
In gardens where Green shows you’ll succeed.
You’ll stroll daily through shades of flowers,
Be serenaded by the roses of Scripps,
Then to the section that’s Margaret Fowler’s,
Improvising to beauty, never going off Scripps.
Remain in Motley and in Browsing Rooms,
Look out to this glorious place we live,
Segue to trees where sweetness looms,
Then cue friendships where you’ll ad lib.
Remember, the Wooden Doors is where you’ll come in,
If you seize this chance, life’s show will begin:

Take One.

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University of the Pacific Tribute

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*University of the Pacific*

Reputation. In Stockton, California, for many, it’s all they have.
Reputations have a tendency to follow into the streets like a prowler in the night. And it is known to follow for the rest of your life.
And when it finds you, as it always does,
Tell it you have nothing to run from.

There are men who fight for their reputation.
Today there are just as many willing to kill for it.
Bullets that wound the very name of the beholder more than the fallen victim
who wears the crimson slug. Men who believe that potential harm is what keeps their name strong and feared…blind to the fact that a much greater harm to their community and families has already been committed. What a crime, whether or not people snitch…and from the McGeorge Law School of Pacific, many ferocious Tigers
Defend our community from injustice.

There are good reputations. People who work for a better life for their families—future and current. There are also bad reputations…sometimes bestowed in spite of what’s earned.
When a graduate from McGeorge cleared his brother in an appeal of a double homicide, his brother was then free to reenroll into Pacific

And fight (for it is in the right)….to win back his reputation.

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Mount St. Mary’s Tribute

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*Mount St. Mary’s College*

A young father took his daughter for a walk down Hollywood Boulevard
for the very first time. On such a moonlit summer night, she’d
never seen so many stars. For name after name she would stop, clutch tightly to her father’s hand, point down and ask
who were these chosen few.
Her father told her of the singers, movie stars, and famous personalities who each found their way into
Immortality.
Ever the conscientious little girl, the daughter couldn’t help notice a glaring omission.
She asked her father where her mother was. And why her name wasn’t with these stars.
The father reined his emotions to collect a genuine grin; and he remembered Athena, with all her brilliance. She had learned from the best mentors in L.A., how the best reward is neither money nor fame, but the pleasure that is felt from serving others. He stood remembering the way she lived her life to make friends and unknowns feel the way the stars felt…
At the top of the world.

With that, his head shifted from the ground up to the clouds, and told his daughter
Her mother’s up there…

And that she, too, is walking with the stars.

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Loyola Marymount University Tribute

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*Loyola Marymount University*

Loyola Marymount Lions trudge out their blue & red lairs to make hunger crawls stall inside Hunger Banquet, Iggy’s, and heat up in shelters like The Den that deliver dark doses of warmth. There’s an emanating nearness coming from this private Los Angeles sector that leaks to outdoor concerts stretching out like barbed wire not in defense of the touch,
but jolts at commence of the touch
that parallels the scope of Paradise in sight. Where the California skies will transcend with us and continue elevating in us via the rose and gold meanderings of westward shifts that informed the young and undirected that the best showcases of California’s arts come from its forecast.
Where the rainclouds dazzle all audiences with its few appearances each year and is credited by name when onlookers applaud its colorful performance after the rain bows.

All the Lions’ acts of faith and justice have led to:
The Cerulean Climax that never concludes.

But at this penultimate end we see the ultimate has already been penned
in His pictorial magnum opus of California.

So although a greater paradise awaits,
if this is our last station ’fore the gates,
then gratefully,
We’ll wait.

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Mills College Tribute

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*Mills College*

There are many ways to experience the bay area. Many destinations. Many paths to take.
There are many ways to get an expansive college education.
Many different routes to take in the liberal arts that will each lead to the pavement of success.
There are endless ways to think critically, and to communicate visions to the cataracts of the world outside.
There are so many different ways to appreciate art, literature, California, and finally, to discover your talents.
There are many different ways to better yourself, and to make the world better yourself.
But as the great many of the world’s artists, scholars, and thinkers who first worked and sweat at Mills still say:
The east shore of the San Francisco Bay:
Is the only way home.

Hurry, hurry, make haste.
Harness inspiration’s thrill,
Then, with triggered feet,
Make these wooded acres
Feel your rush.

Cyclones, this is the One Destination
Where the path to the clouds
Is your rapid storm.

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Long Beach State University Tribute

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*The Beach*

like The Color Purple fading from bleach,
Life has truths and so does college:
Students will play, Professors will teach,
And both of the above has brought us to The Beach.

An affordable education and plenty of fun,
Is why 49ers dig this school,
Plus plenty of water, plenty of sun,
And plenty of others choosing to come.

Over 30,000 rep’ Long Beach State,
And every year there’s another Gold Rush,
Beach Bunnies and Beach Bods are used as bait,
Jaws emerge hungry to suck then mate.

♫Da-Nun……Da-Nun……Da-Nun-Nun-Nun-Nun-Nun♫

When Jaws suck in it’s the people that’s coming,
So many willing preys is why so many came,
Freshmen rush down like indoor plumbing,
And every semester, more meat is forthcoming.

The Beach Dirtbags bully foes when it’s sunny,
Which on our mound, is all year round,
And we got Dirtbags who won’t steal your lunch money,
But they will steal your babe then go to lunch with your honey.

On campus at the Nugget or somewhere up the coast,
With so many girls to every guy, no guy is safe!
It’s every girl for herself, so some guys play with dos,
Some thought they found el uno but they’re not even close.

But like true 49ers, we have to keep looking!
While looking at marvels like the Walter Pyramid,
The 18-story brilliance that promotes a grand booking:
School spirit boiling over from 5,000 spirits cooking.

We’re Monsoon Maniacs and this school is pipin’ hot,
This arena, the people—hell, just surf the crowd!
You’ll see fit surfers and tanned girls on the spot,
All who came to college in Cali ripe & hot.

There’s a glow when we touch: i.e.—E.T,
If you’re not a 49er you’re Raiders of a Lost Spark,
This school is always hot even with the A.C.,
This is the heat wave that has plagued the LB.

like Gold & Black never fading to bleach,
Life has truths and so does college:
Cali’s at its best when it commutes to the Beach,
And when you get here, let me hear, “Go Beach!”

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Chico State Tribute

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*Chico State*

Extra, Extra! Extra alcohol please!
Come in for insight on what hasn’t been released!

New Orion! Fresh off the press!
Get it while it’s hot, click away from your desk!

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!
Some stories aren’t printed so we’ll tell you all about it!

Daily Orion! Get it while you can!
Your college drinking stories:
Live them while you can!

Because
We read about opinions, sports, the arts…
and everything Chico,
But where, oh where,
Did our drinking stories go?
We read up on the news, the columns, events…
and all the features of Chico,
But where, oh where,
Did our drinking stories go?

Over the cheapest drink specials in state,
Cats tell one another about past high jinks,
With high animation, Wildcats narrate,
Everybody chimes in—and pitches in—to buy drinks.

They fill up their cups—and also Ivy Street,
And with new & old friends they relax at kickbacks,
Chico throws parties that make Wildcats streak,
The byline of each story is “When Animals Attack.”

Like the Esplanade mansion, these nights Bid Well,
When they start with wild ones off to make headlines,
As college’s best paper, Orion’s done well,
But omits the best stories: must be the deadlines.

Because
We read about opinions, sports, the arts…
and everything Chico,
But where, oh where,
Did our drinking stories go?
We read up on the news, the columns, events…
and all the features of Chico,
But where, oh where,
Did our drinking stories go?

You only live once in Yolo Hall,
And it’s not every day you see the Pumpkin Drop,
College is an open-ended story to all,
Every night has news that breaks, but does not drop.
New drinking records are never reported,
Because they’re sure to be broken again next week,
Though these buzzing stories may be a bit distorted,
We’ll go on making new ones to remember each week.

To New Drinking Stories, We Go!
Even if not a one of them will make newsfeeds,
We still will go out to make new stories:
You only live once, so chase your own leads.

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