Brookings Colors and Crest
The Robert S. Brookings Residential College Crest is meant to represent who Robert S. Brookings was as both a philanthropist and as an individual. In the middle of the crest is a vibrant tree which represents one of Brookings' greatest contributions to Washington University--the donation of his personal house and forty acres of land, which Wash U now affectionately calls the "South 40." Robert S. Brookings believed support of education to be one of the most worthwhile endeavors and donated a huge portion of his personal wealth and time to supporting Washington University. This dedication is represented by the open book in the center. As homage to Robert S. Brookings himself, the crest is adorned with the f-holes of a violin to commemorate Brookings' love for the instrument which he often carried around to play for others. The letters "L" and "G" commemorate the contributions of Arnold J. Lien and Kate M. Gregg after whom the Brookings' halls are named. Finally, the crest contains two stripes and three stars based on the crest of Washington University in order to show the connection of Robert S. Brookings Residential College to the university as a whole.
Most Residential Colleges have colors that are unique to their residents, used throughout the year to show pride for one's college. Brookings' colors are Royal Blue and Primary Yellow. You will see college colors appear in a variety of places, starting with your convocation T-shirt as well as other swag throughout the year. Always remember to show your Brookings College Pride!