By: Caroline Aldridge
As I was standing with my friends, awaiting the name of our newest family member, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of “this is exactly where I belong.” The drumline played, chorus sang, cheerleaders led cheers, and the rest of us had the opportunity to soak it all in. Most people wouldn’t understand why we have a “poetic” tiger as our mascot. Brenau women are different. Brenau women have something that no one else has, therefore I think it is fitting that Lucille is a little different from all of the other tigers out there.
Lucille is named after a woman that greatly portrays how Brenau women are. She began college at 14, and, after graduating, married the president. After the president passed away, she took on the leadership role, and lead Brenau to one of the biggest enrollments it had ever seen.
Our golden tiger is not only a statue, but a constant reminder that we are different. We are “poetic” tigers, not menacing. We are artistic, and we are gentle, yet we know when we need to be fierce and stand our ground. We have fight in us, and Lucille is just another monument to demonstrate how we Brenau women are.