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Participants in this fall’s Maastricht Education Abroad program discovered that Mule pride is never far away. They found this mule near the canal during a walking tour of historic Maastricht, the Netherlands, as part of a weeklong orientation program.
The next time you’re on campus, listen carefully to the familiar chimes you hear coming from the Haas College Center’s Miller Tower. Is that the alma mater you hear at dinnertime? Indeed it is, thanks to a new, digital, electronic carillon donated by the Century Fund.
The new Schulmerich “Generation IV Tyme Stryke Electronic Carillon System” is similar to those installed at the Air Force Academy and Arlington National Cemetery. It is digital with no moving parts, and it recreates the true sound of cast bells. In addition, it is fully programmable.
With the new system, the bells continue to toll each hour on the hour. The chimes play “Gaudeamus Igitur” at noon, seven days a week, and the alma mater at 6 p.m. on weeknights. Special bell tollings can be programmed to commemorate special events, such as September 11.
The carillon bells were originally installed in 1960, a gift of the Miller family in memory of David A. Miller, a member of the Class of 1894. The old carillon, which operated with piano rolls, is no longer manufactured and repair parts are no longer available.
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