Stephen Briggs responds:

Stephen Briggs

The primary donor toward the new stadium has requested that it be named Valhalla in the spirit of the Viking tradition and Berry campus tradition.
Of course, for a gift of a couple of million dollars, the donor might be persuaded to consider Ragnarok. However, I understand that Ragnarok refers to a series of events, the destiny of the Norse gods, rather than a place such as Valhalla.


Posted on September 08, 2013
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  • Justin Slaughter ATLANTA, GA
    • over 1 year ago

    Dr. Briggs, I really hope you are not suggesting that the only opinions that matter are those that are attached to dollar bills. That is NOT the Berry way. Henry Ford insisted that the buildings that now bear his name remain the Berry School for Girls and not be named after him. Other buildings had generic names until they were later named in honor of a former leader of the Berry Community. All we ask is to be heard. Valhalla represents a place of fond memories with frends catching a bite to eat between classes to over 30 years of alumni. It served food fit for gods for many years. Our football stadium should not be named after the Viking Dining Hall.

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  • James Clarke ACWORTH, GA
    • over 1 year ago

    Very cool of you to reply Dr. Briggs. Who knows, maybe Mr. Cage will like the idea!

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  • Jennifer DeLoach MT. BERRY, GA
    • over 1 year ago

    I concur - it would be so much cooler to have the stadium named after a battle than after paradise.

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  • Justin Slaughter ATLANTA, GA
    • over 1 year ago

    Dr. Briggs, we are just proposing an idea. If I had Mr. Cage's phone number, I'd be happy to make my case to him personally. While I don't have a few million dollars, I do have a love of Berry and a lot of alumni friends.

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  • Dren Rollins KNOXVILLE, TN
    • over 1 year ago

    I understand that the wishes of the primary donor need to be respected, and I do respect them. However, I would appreciate the opportunity to make our case. It's one thing to respect those wishes, but it's a completely different matter when that consideration fails to take account for the bigger picture. The most vocal opponents to the football program are going to argue that the program is antithetical to the mission of the school. By considering the bigger picture, we can put things in place that can ensure the success of the team, and prove them wrong if not quiet them down. This is one of those things we can do. This is a marketable idea. It's worthy of consideration. Lastly, you're right about Ragnarock being a series of events. However, it was also a place of battle. Football memories are immortal. They don't die. Why wouldn't we want our players competing on the ultimate field of gridiron battle?

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