The Stallion’s back and he’s black
By Beverly Manning
Crane operators lowered a new bronze stallion into its home outside of Branch Student Center on Monday, Jan. 28, as part of the renovations to the front of campus.
Many students have inquired as to the whereabouts of the golden horse that once stood tall in the same location. That stallion has been missing since the beginning of the semester.
The original golden trademark of the ABAC campus was made of fiberglass, as opposed to its replacement, which is bronze. Some controversy surrounded the golden stallion and how anatomically correct it actually was. The new and improved stallion does not pose that question; it has all its bits and pieces.
The new statue cost nearly $15,000, which was allocated from the $1.3 million set aside for the renovations. A Pennsylvania company that specializes in custom-made, life-like animal sculptures made the stallion. The horse has outstanding features, such as definition in the muscle tone, which the old horse lacked.
“You can see the fighting spirit in the eyes,” said Melvin Merrill, director of development.
Merrill expects the stallion and other enhancements to campus to increase school spirit, enrollment and involvement in campus activities. The unveiling of the final renovations occurs on March 1. The landscaping at the base of the stallion and lighting on the stallion are still to be installed.
The Stallion newspaper is sponsoring a contest to give a nickname to the new stallion. Submissions should be tweeted to @StallionABAC.