Bring back The Bishop's Latin motto! sign now

Dear Principal Goldbloom,

We are writing to express our dismay that the Bishop's University Latin motto has been removed from the BU crest, and that it no longer appears on the Website or on BU documents.

The Latin motto, "Recti cultus pectora roborant", has helped to express the vision of Bishop's University since at least 1855. The motto can be translated in a number of ways: until the 1990s it was traditionally translated “Righteous ways make strong the heart”, while more recently the approved translation is “Sound learning strengthens the spirit”. Both translations are attempts to get at the core of the Latin meaning, which emphasizes “education” and “good habits” (recti cultus) that produce graduates of strong, upstanding character (pectora roborant).

All students who take Latin at BU memorize the motto and can translate it with ease. Even those who don't read Latin are nevertheless proud to know that their university, like the other great universities of Europe and North America, can lay claim to such a rich academic heritage. Our Latin motto is a symbol of the honourable tradition of intellectual and personal development that Bishop's University has offered since its founding in 1843.

The removal of the Latin motto from the public face of Bishop's University suggests that:
1. we no longer have pride in our oldest traditions,
2. we no longer care about sound learning or good character,
3. we are catering to the uneducated, rather than challenging our students to excel.

We therefore ask that the old BU crest that includes the Latin motto be reinstated on the BU website and on all BU documentation.

Respectfully yours,
The undersigned:

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