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Is the Seal the Real Deal? Auburn students discuss urban legend

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Step on the Auburn Seal in front of Langdon Hall, and an Auburn student could ruin their life–or at least that’s the (relatively new) legend.

Most Auburn University students want to graduate in four years. Many Auburn University students want to marry an Auburn man or woman. What if the chances of either of these things happening were jeopardized just by not watching where you step—specifically in front of Langdon Hallwhen walking past The Seal.

That’s the legend: if you step on the Auburn Seal, you won’t graduate in four years and you won’t marry an Auburn man or woman. But do students really believe it?

“I will never step on the Seal just in case the myth is true,” says Emily Armstrong, an Auburn junior and a Camp War Eagle Parent Counselor. “I would not want to take a chance.”

How to break the Seal’s curse? Jump into the President’s fountain at midnight on the leap day of a leap year. The next one isn’t until 2016.

She’s not alone—although few students really think stepping on the seal will curse you to the seven-year-plan or a life without Auburn love, the risk is too great. Armstrong gets wide eyed recounting several times where she has seen classmates walk over the seal without caring. “I hope they do not want to graduate in four years.”

Auburn senior Augustine Ahn remembers the time he stepped on the Seal. Nope, he won’t be graduating on time; he’s taking a “victory lap,” as he put it.

“Some days I wish I never stepped on the Seal,” Ahn says. “The myth is definitely true.”

Although Ahn won’t graduate in four years, the legend of the Seal also includes a way to reverse the curse: jumping into the President’s fountain at midnight on the leap day of a leap year. Ahn knows this, but says he’d “rather be at Auburn another year anyway.”

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