What images are emblematic of Washington State University? Well, naturally, the Bryan Hall Clock Tower. The cougar. The flowering cherry trees.
The flowering cherry trees?
A free planner given out to WSU students by the college’s official bookstore, The Bookie, features a picture of a building that isn’t anywhere near Pullman. In fact, it’s a photo of WSU’s chief rival, the University of Washington. The photo is of a gothic building — likely either Savery or Miller halls on the Seattle campus — fronted by a cloud of cherry trees in full bloom.
The UW is famous for its lush, pink Yoshino cherry trees that bloom on campus in the spring.
WSU officials say a publisher mistakenly plucked a photo of the other Washington university to feature on the front of the free planner. The bookstore is owned by a student corporation and is managed by Barnes & Noble through a long-term contract. The store’s manager did not return phone calls.
The goof was all the rage on Twitter and other social media sites Tuesday. Classes at WSU started Monday.
No word on whether the company will be swapping the planner for one with an image that is more Cougar-appropriate — like maybe a wheat field.