Statue unveiled at the CLA
On Tuesday afternoon, the Alumni Association of Towson University unveiled the third bronze tiger statue on campus.
Alumni Association President Lou Dollenger said the visibly aggressive tiger would serve to reflect Towson’s strength in contrast to the other two tamer statues.
“This statue reflects the tiger in all of us,” Dollenger said. “It is our hope that soon students will be saying, ‘I’ll meet you at the tiger.’”
The new statue is located on an open grass plot between Burdick Hall and the College of Liberal Arts building, weighs 700 pounds, and shows a tiger in a leaping position with paws outstretched.
“The tiger was specifically designed to imitate the tenacity of Towson’s students,” Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations Lori Armstrong said.
The tiger is adjacent to the newly-dedicated Veteran’s Garden and American flag, and the upcoming International Walkway will continue on the other side along the CLA pathway.
The open grass plot is to remain untouched.
“Lights will be added around the statue,” Armstrong said. “We would like for this area to become a second Beach for the students. Everything we do is student driven.”
According to Student Government Association President Matt Sikorski, the statue was funded entirely by the Alumni Association and through private donations for a new tiger.
“I think students are going to love that it’s easier to sit on. I always hear that the other two can be difficult,” Sikorski said.
Another reason for the installation of the new tiger was based on idea of fostering Towson traditions.
“We hope that students will not only enjoy its presence, but also use it for memorable photo opportunities,” Alumni Association Board Member Barbara Shifflett said.