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Rodin College House, University of Pennsylvania

Registration number 20061002H

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Rodin College House, University of Pennsylvania are registered as an original design and described by the blazon below

Arms: Gules, a bezant charged with a stag trippant proper and in base a crescent Or between two piles in point and throughout Azure, one issuant from dexter chief and another from sinister chief, on a chief nebuly per fess debased Or and Sable three cinquefoils Gules.
Motto: To Be, Rather Than To Seem


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Historical note

Muhammad Zeeshan Amin (College '01) designed the winning design for Rodin (then Hamilton) College House. The three cinquefoils across the top of the shield signify the three high rises. They symbolize the hope and joy of residents, and the red color reflects magnanimity. The nebuly, or line below the cinquefoils, signifies clouds and air -- a tribute to the vistas seen from the heights of the high rises. An inverted red triangle (a "pile" in engineering terms) dominates the shield, connoting the triangular pattern of the high rises in relation to one another and the engineering "feat" of 24-story buildings. A buck stands in the shield's center -- reflecting the peace and harmony of Rodinians, as well as their readiness to charge ahead. A bright sun lies behind the buck, and it is flanked by blue triangles that connote loyality among residents. Finally, the crescent compliments the sun and stands for honor. The motto "To Be, Rather Than To Seem" instructs Rodinians to draw inspiration from the building's physical stature and become "higher, taller, more graceful and more outstanding" than mere appearances. The motto is in English rather than Latin due to the modernity of the House's architecture.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


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