Sewanee Speak

Abbo’s Alley is a cultivated nature walk that crosses South Carolina Avenue.

All Saints’ Chapel is the University’s main center for worship and the spiritual center of the campus. Although the building is of cathedral-like stature, a cathedral refers to a place where a bishop presides and because there is no bishop at All Saints', it is technically a chapel.

BC Bishop’s Common, the student union and home to a variety of offices, The Tiger Bay Pub, and the SPO.

Comps Comprehensive exams, administered by college departments to junior or senior majors. It is a tradition following comps for friends of the “comped” students to decorate the student’s car.

COTA Chapel of the Apostles

The Domain is the campus plus the areas controlled by the University, approximately 13,000 acres. The University owns all the land on the Domain but leases parcels to people who own homes or businesses.

Downtown or the Village refers to the business area of Sewanee. There is a bank, post office, gas station, coffee shop, florist, several restaurants, salons, gift shops, art gallery, and the utility offices.

EQB Ecce Quam Bonum, the University motto. The translation is “How good it is” shortened from “How good it is when brethren dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133). The EQB also refers to a club and meeting room located near the Telecommunications Office and to a residential housing arrangement for seminarians.

The Gates The University’s gates located on Highway 41. There is a student tradition to touch the ceiling of your car as you drive out the gates to grab the angel that will protect you until you return to Sewanee. The story of the Sewanee angel is available for sale at the Lemon Fair, one of the gift shops downtown.

Jump-Off is the area off Jump-Off Road. You go through Jump-Off to take the back road to South Pittsburg. Jump-Off is home to the Land Trust (see below).

The Land Trust The Jump-Off Community Land Trust is an intentional community located on 1,200 acres protected by the South Cumberland Regional Land Trust. The people who live at Jump-Off share a common resolve to preserve and protect the integrity of the land.

Lost Cove is a lovely piece of land now owned by the University and The Land Trust for Tennessee. This area will be managed by Sewanee and used for both academic and recreational purposes.

The Messenger or Sewanee Mountain Messenger is the weekly local newspaper.

Midway (so named for being mid-way between Sewanee and Monteagle) may be reached by turning the opposite way from the entrance to St.Andrew’s-Sewanee School. St. James’ Church and the Midway Market are located in Midway.

The Mountain refers to the entire area on the plateau.

OG The Order of Gownsmen, the University’s honor society

PPS Physical Plant Services, the folks that keep this place looking nice and in working order.

The Pig The Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Monteagle.

Proctor's Hall is not a building. It is a rock along the Perimeter Trail and a road name.

SAS St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, a private Episcopal school (grades 6-12, boarding and day).

SES Sewanee Elementary School, the only public elementary school in Sewanee (grades K-5).

Shakerag Hollow is an area along the perimeter trail to see wildflowers and many other beautiful sites. (Although the flowers are beautiful, it is forbidden to take any of the plants. So, do resist the urge to take them home with you!)

Sherwood is the community in the valley off the mountain reached by Sherwood Road. Children from Sherwood attend SES.

SoT The School of Theology is an academic unit of the University that contains a seminary, a program preparing students for ordination and other ministerial degrees, as well as a lay education program, called the Beecken Center.

SOL School of Letters

SOP Sewanee Outing Program

SPO
Student Post Office, located in the BC (see above). Pronounced “spoe.” SPO is used as a noun (“Take these to the SPO.”) or as a verb (“I’ll SPO it to you.”).

St. Mary’s An Episcopal convent just off the Domain. It is also a retreat and conference center.

The SUT (Sewanee Union Theatre) Located in Thompson Union on S. Carolina Ave, the SUT is the happiest place on campus, showing recent films on weekends (for a very low price) and classic “Cinema Guild” films (for free) on Wednesday nights. Popcorn is only $1!

V-C Vice-Chancellor

The Valley The portion of Franklin County that is not on the Mountain, including Cowan, Winchester, and Decherd.

The Woodlands is the University housing development located off Roarks Cove Road.

Yea, Sewanee’s Right!
The University cheer.