Happy Friday everyone! Today is Butler University’s Founder’s Day. Yippie skippie! In honor of founder’s day, allow me to tell you the tale of the foundation of our university.
Butler University was founded on this day way back in 1855 when a man named Ovid Butler was looking for something cool to do. Ovid was tired of wasting his weekends reading poetry, painting, and staring into space contemplating life. Besides, all of his favorite shows were showing reruns and needed something to pass the time.
Squelching his boredom, Ovid went outside and planted a seed. He had been thinking about taking up gardening as a hobby, and February seemed as good a time as any to begin. Although his peers told him nothing would ever grow from the ground in February, our tenacious Ovid pressed on. He spent the next few hours digging through the snow and dirt, until he made a hole in the ground. He gave his little seed a single kiss, then dropped it in and covered it back up. Over the next few days, Ovid’s little seed began growing. At first he thought it would grow into a flower, so he was stoked to discover it grew into a university instead. After a few buildings had sprouted, Ovid felt really good about his decision to take up gardening. Over the next few years he found friends and colleagues who also enjoyed gardening, and eventually they had a good mix of teachers and students. Since then, little Ovid’s seedling has sprouted into the wonderful establishment you and I both attend today. Thanks Ovid Butler for teaching us that with a little boredom, gardening tools, and magic, you can do anything!
It is a little known fact that our school had such magical beginnings, and I know they don’t tell you this story on tours or visit days, but I thought it was important you know the true way this university was founded. Have a wonderful week, Happy Founder’s Day, and thanks for reading
P.S. Go to the library and check out artwork by me and my classmates in honor of Founder’s Day!