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Los Angeles Times Reports From Warring Factions: 'To E, or not to E, that is the question'

By Harriet Staff
William Shakespeare

As if the ongoing rivalry between UCLA and USC wasn't heated enough, the Los Angeles Times files a report on the twain's latest bitter quarrel. USC Village welcomed a new bronze statue by Christopher Slatoff featuring Hecuba, from Shakespeare's Hamlet, beside depictions of six women of different ethnicities, rendered on the sculpture's 8-foot base. Yet the descriptive text on the statue is what's causing complications on-campus, because of its decision to adopt an unusual spelling of the bard's name: "Shakespear." "Students from USC’s longtime rival, UCLA, spotted the small, but glaring, detail and pointed it out in a tweet Monday" Veronica Rocha writes at the L.A. Times. More: 

“USC. The only place in America that can unveil a statue as the centerpiece of a $700 million project and manage to misspell Shakespeare,” the official student-run account, @uclatheden, tweeted.

The towering bronze statue, created by sculptor Christopher Slatoff, stands in the middle of the new development, dubbed USC Village. The complex includes six five-story buildings, student housing, a 30,000-square-foot fitness center, restaurants, a Trader Joe’s and a Target.

The 12-foot sculpture of Hecuba includes an 8-foot base that depicts six women from different ethnic backgrounds, the university said. Slatoff worked on the statue for more than two years.

Despite some criticism, USC is standing by the spelling, saying that there are variations of Shakespeare.

"To E, or not to E, that is the question,” USC said in a statement. “Over the centuries his surname has been spelled 20 different ways. USC chose an older spelling because of the ancient feel of the statue, even though it is not the most common form."

Read on at the Los Angeles Times.

Originally Published: August 24th, 2017