April Fools Issues

Fighting Christian mascot in action

On this April Fools Day, I remember this delightful piece published in Elon’s student newspaper, The Pendulum, two years ago. It takes a special imagination and wit to craft such an enjoyable piece.

I came to Elon in the early days of the “Phoenix” replacing the “Fighting Christian” as the university mascot. It befit Elon’s history as an institution that burned to the ground in 1923 and then rose from the ashes, like the firebird of mythology.

While I never saw the former mascot shown in this photo, I appreciated the spoof about his troubled times since being replaced by a mythical bird.

Personally, I’ve never liked April Fools issues of student newspapers because they abrogate their real function for pure whimsy. I’d rather the staff simply publish a good satire now and then, not devote an issue to fabrications. This example of satire would have been delightful to read any day of the year. No need to save it for April Fools.

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