Oak Leaves in the Quad, Part II

Remember these guys, framed by the oak leaves in front of Lovett Hall?

Maybe Rice Fund Council 70s

Here’s another image with the oak leaf frame, this one facing the other direction:

Oaks in quad Fondren probably 70s

And in the same batch we find the trees themselves, quite a bit larger than I had expected, flanking the Sallyport:

Oaks in Quad Lovett

I feel like these two pictures were taken somewhat later than the first one, maybe in the very late ’70s or even early ’80s. I can’t help but notice a couple of other things. The hedges, frankly, look pretty ratty. I also hadn’t known that there were hedges right in the middle of the quad where the old road had been. And what a motley group of trees along the edge–it looks like a single Italian Cypress and then some other kinds I can’t identify right now.


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11 Responses to Oak Leaves in the Quad, Part II

  1. Grungy says:

    Is that the president’s elevator door?

  2. effegee says:

    The unidentified trees in the quad picture are yew trees, the predominant type before the quad was redone after President Rupp’s arrival.

    The “ratty” hedges had at least one socially redeeming value: the ones near the Physics end of the old road through the quad were loaded with wild blackberries in the spring.

  3. James Medford says:

    A photo of the quad from my 1982 Campanile (page 5) confirms that the oaks trees were gone before my freshman year (’81-’82). Also, the hedges had been cut back significantly by the time I arrived. The hedges in the middle of the old road were gone.

  4. loki_the_bubba says:

    I once lost a friend who passed out drunk under those hedges. They were like a maze if you had had enough beer. We found hi the next morning.

  5. Paul Engle says:

    Given the plethora of (yikes!) bellbottoms in that last picture, I’d put it as more early-mid 70’s than late.

  6. Steve Weakley says:

    I don’t remember oak trees (or any other kind of tree) in the Quadrangle between 1968 and 1972. But then, there are many things I don’t remember from that period.
    Steve Weakley

  7. Yes, I agree with Paul. This is not the 80’s. People are wearing short sleeves but not shorts. By the 80’s we see shorts worn out in public, not just for sports.

  8. Francis Eugene "Gene" PRATT, Institute Class of '56 says:

    In my days of ’52-’56, the hedges were all gardenias.
    The springtime bees made for interesting walking.

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