13 Facts (and Rumors) about Fairfield University

13 Facts (and Rumors) about Fairfield University

This baker's dozen of tasty tidbits barely scratches the surface of interesting facts about the present and past of our modern Jesuit Catholic University. See how many you know!

1.  Fact: Happy (is as Happy Does)


Did you know The Princeton Review considers Fairfield in the Top 15% of all schools nationwide? Maybe it's because we're also one of the schools on that list considered to have the "Best Quality of Life" and "Happiest Students." We knew that even before the rankings came in, and it's part of our mission to support the whole student experience.

2.  Rumor: Our Haunted Halls


Rumor has it that spirits roam some of our campus halls. A vague “presence” in the PepsiCo Theater...a ghostly chill left over from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in their former residence, the Dolan Hall dorm. Most of these reports are merely the anecdotes of ghost hunters, and online blog posts...but doesn’t every university need a friendly ghost? Seeing is believing….

3.  Fact: Our Mini Fujiyama

Originally designed and built in 1926 for Walter B. Lasher at his Hearthstone Hall estate, the Japanese Garden at Bellarmine Hall offers students a place to quietly walk and reflect. When first built, the garden included bridges, pergolas, lanterns, and a replica of Mount Fujiyama that would intermittently puff smoke. To learn more about the backstory of the garden, take a look at the Fairfield Museum’s collection of Asian art.

4.  Fact: A Sumptuous Schmorgasborg

From a literal Swedish chef to a special menu for the Chinese New Year, the campus’ Tully Dining Commons proves that Fairfield’s study abroad program isn’t the only thing offering Stags a global experience. It doesn’t matter if you race through during the Olympics or settle in around Thanksgiving; you may just be surprised by “the best meal” you’ve ever had.

5.  Fact: You Can Hear Him Now

Remember that Verizon catch phrase? Well, the guy who said it was Paul Marcarelli from the Fairfield University class of 1992. And you can still hear him alright...just not at Verizon, lately, he’s smiling on TV about his jump to Sprint. Wonder which carrier he uses IRL?

Life After Fairfield: Paul Marcarelli '92 from Fairfield University on Vimeo.

6.  Fact: A "Tentative" Start

The first student newspaper, published in 1947,was called the “Tentative.” Why? Because “if no one makes any news, then there doesn’t seem to be any point in having a NEWSpaper,” the early issues read. Eventually, the editors ran a contest for a new name. “The Fulcrum” (1948-49) topped the masthead for a year, followed by “The Stag” (1949-70); “The University Voice” (1970-1977); “The Fairfield Free Press & Review” (1970-1975) and the current publication, “The Fairfield Mirror.”

7.  Rumor: The Flying Dish


The 12-hole disc golf course on campus got its start when the first Frisbees, playfully called Pluto Platters in the school newspaper, flew in 1957. Rumor has it that the nearby pie company in Bridgeport came up with the idea of using metal pie tins.

8.  Rumor: You Can't Guess This


Only one of the following artists did NOT perform on campus: Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Kingston Trio, The Doors, Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Byrds, Hall & Oates, Pure Prairie League, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Chuck Mangione, Joe Jackson, Squeeze, The Ramones, The Eurythmics, INXS, Indigo Girls, Jay Leno, 10,000 Maniacs, The Village People, Tears for Fears, Fishbone, LL Cool Jay, Dave Chappelle, The Roots, Ludacris, Diplo, and Kendrick Lamar.

Spoiler alert: It's The Doors.

9.  Fact: Lights, Camera, Action!

Over the years, Fairfield has always been ready for its closeup. You can spot our lovely buildings—Loyola Hall and McAuliffe Hall—in For One More Day, starring Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli and Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn; and Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, featuring Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst.

10.  Fact: We'll Have the "Cheapie"


In the early 90s, freshmen received a brochure of school slang that included terms, such as "turbo class" (a session running 2.5 hours); “the orient” (the far eastern part of the campus); and the "cheapie" (a $1.50 sandwich at the campus deli). We can tell you that the turbo is the only one of these that's still around.

11.  Fact: Stag's Honor

Fairfield University students, faculty, staff, or others who volunteer their time, energy, and funds to help others can become Stag Heroes. It’s as easy as signing up to support Special Olympics, a local soup kitchen, an after-school program at a neighboring elementary school, or even joining an international service trip. Raise your hands!

12.  Fact: A Stag by Any Other Name

Fairfield’s mascot, the stag, was officially named “Lucas” in 2009, in honor of long-serving financial administrator William J. Lucas ’69. The large bronze statue of a stag in the quad was erected in his honor. The mascot received a makeover in 2015. You can find the “new Lucas” on Twitter @LucasStag and on the sidelines cheering on our sports teams.

13.  Fact: You Should Follow Those Turkeys

The wild turkeys you often see on campus apparently have pretty fast Twitter feathers, and you can find their salty gobbles at @FUTurkeys. Popular with humans and turkeys alike, the spoof account becomes particularly active around the Thanksgiving holiday. As the turkeys tweet: Gobble Gobble!

There's so much more to know about Fairfield. We may be only 75, but we're continuing our rise as the modern Jesuit Catholic University, and we hope you enjoy sharing our adventure.

Last Modified: 06-01-2022 01:08 PM

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