Swans on Lake LaVerne, circa 1936
1935, the VEISHEA Central Committee purchased a pair of swans for Lake LaVerne,
the man made lake at the base of the Memorial Union. A contest was held to name the swans and after three people suggested the
names it was agreed the swans would be called Lancelot and Elaine. The VEISHEA Central Committee continued the swan theme throughout that
year's celebration with a water carnival including a canoe race, log-rolling,
and large swan-shaped boat that floated on Lake LaVerne during the opening
ceremonies. Swans continue to be one of the symbols of VEISHEA today.
pontoon boat, VEISHEA 1935