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Honors Students Build Trojan Horse for Semester Project

The University of Mobile honors collegium hosted an evening of celebration to culminate a semester of study on the ancient world. About 25 students participated in the construction of a mock Trojan horse and interpretive dramas depicting the fall of Troy, the death of Socrates and the founding of Rome.

The December 2010 project was encouraged by professors but led and produced by UMobile honors students. The horse construction stood almost 20 feet tall. The dramas were compiled, edited and directed by sophomore Sara Dye, a member of the honors leadership council.

“The theme of the play is one of overcoming injustice with truth,” said Dye. “The ancient philosophers like Virgil and Socrates lived in pursuit of truth to overcome injustice, and that’s exactly what we wanted to portray,” she continued.

Dye said, “The value of the project is not in the final product, but what we all learned along the way. Honors is all about the journey.”

Sophomore Jeremy Crews, president of the honors collegium, said, “My confidence grew with every passing day of the project. It turned out much better than expected.”

The purpose of the honors program is to create a community in which teachers and students can creatively explore the intellectual and spiritual inheritance of the western world. In innovative, enriched liberal arts courses, students reflect on the powerful books, art, and ideas that have shaped our culture. The program provides the challenge necessary for talented students to reach their full potential and prepares them to thoughtfully engage and influence the culture in their adult lives.

For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Mitchell, director of the honors program, at 251.442.2308 or email For more information about the honors program at the University of Mobile, click here.

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