the big book of love
A.K.A THE BIG BOOK OF SECRETS AND KNOWLEDGE
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The world of Rutherford is not unlike our own. Just with a few differences, like nothing that we do in here actually exists. Kind of obvious, yes? So basically this all takes place in a fictional town nicknamed by the locals and students Rutherford, mostly because the only business the place ever gets is from the students and their visiting friends and family. Its real name is Gallifrey though the council are thinking of changing it to Rutherford officially though they are being met with resistance by the older and long-time residents. Basically, until the University started up this was just a sleepy little town on the way to nowhere. Now it's just gotten on the radar. There aren't as many people as there could be but it's not as sleepy as it used to be either
So anyway, just like in the real world, this world has strangers. If you don't get what we mean by that then listen up. If, in the real world, you get shoved by a stranger who then continues to beat you and rob you, that could also happen here. If, also in the real world, you happen to bump into a stranger and strike up a conversation leading to a whirlwind romance, trip around the world and then a pregnancy and bitter divorce, well that could also happen here. In other words, strangers are out there, and they could affect you in huge ways. They could also affect you in small ways, but huge ways too. Yes, huge.
Welcome to Rutherford University, a university where you will find a
completely new learning experience, and not to mention, a totally new
learning environment. Rutherford is one hundred percent original, as it
is created by the spawn of a billionaire and was declared open in 1998
by the famous Jethro Jones as a 'new take on a higher education'. He,
his father, the multi-billionaire Walter Jones, and a team of the finest
lawyers on the face of the Earth had battled the Board of Education for
a completely new, completely fresh University environment. And won.
DIVERSUS . INDOLES . NIHILUM . NEQUAM . QUAERO
The result is this here university. The new environment, a 450 year old
old Castle, just an hour from the centre of London, and a surrounding
of 500 acres have been completely renovated to suit the needs of the
students. While the old Castle stands, and looks exactly the way it did
from the outside, inside is another story. The latest technology and the
most comfortable furniture money can buy have been placed all over
the building, and that is all only for the comfort of the inhabitant of it.
But that’s not the spotlight. What is more important is the curriculum.
You make the classes, you choose the classes and you can teach the
classes. You don't have to do all three, of course. But if there’s a class
you think the school would benefit from having, then be sure to write
it on the curriculum board located in the Foyer, and as soon as enough
people have signed up, you'll be ready to teach. Sounds thrilling, no?
But that’s not all. Jethro has always had a thing for competition, so he
made sure that the school would have rival houses who will regularly
competing for some prize or other. It’s all, of course, for good fun, but
the prizes are real. There is trophies given to the winning house of
each competition and another given to the most successful house at
the end of the semester. But the biggest trophy of all is given to the
most successful house of the year. The challenges are easy enough at
the start, but like most things, gets harder with each new challenge.
Rutherford University has just entered its 10th year and is being hailed
by all as the ‘University of Tomorrow’. And not only that, Rutherford is
earning praises far and wide. The fee's are at minimum level, the price
of a community college, and yet the graduating students are some of
the most sought after in every field they pursue. For those that are in
need of a scholarship, it is almost guaranteed to whoever that applies.
There is no limit of students since there are no grades applied, are full.
There is a town near the area where the university is situated, easily
accessible for the students. They have everything you need to keep
you entertained while being here, some are even owned by the Jones
for those who are in need extra money while studying. The locals have
dubbed the town 'Jonestown' in tribute to the contribution the Jones
have made, not only to the university but also to the local township.
If there's nothing holding you back, why don't you go check it out?
Fraternities and sororities do not exist at Rutherford University. They are as unlike the school as anything could possibly be—archaic, discriminating, vulgar. No, at Rutherford there are houses and upon acceptance you will be sorted into one of the five houses based on your application. The houses are as shown: Diversus, Indoles, Nequam, Nihilum, and Quaero. Every single one is different from the other, each with their own unique aspects. Sorting you into a house will give you access to people who are on your level, giving you a more copacetic lifestyle during your stay here. Each house has a leader or captain chosen by the board in the first semester and the students in the second. Once sorted, we expect you to live up to a set of expectations bestowed on every house. The house is your base, it is your home, your haven, and above all your identity. You do not betray your house—you live up to its name.
If you are allotted into the house of Diversus, we have seen the ability to create in you. The ability to stand out. You are your own being unconcerned about the world around you. You were born to break out of the mold and set the pace for others to follow. You were not made to be a follower. We have seen many artists, musicians, writers, poets, and romantics come through this vein of our school and we’ve been honored to have them.
If the house of Indoles is where we place you, we expect—no, we know that you have a vast intellect and a complex mind. You are able to keep your head about you in stressful situations. You are knowledgeable in almost all areas. You have a ravenous lust to learn anything and everything and you know that we never really stop learning, we only stop going to school. And you’re going to soak up every iota of information here. It doesn’t matter if you’re street smart or book smart, if we see any modicum of genius in you, maybe we will see you as an Indoles.
The true lions of Rutherford are those in Nequam. These are the fiery of spirit. They have waged their own personal wars and they bear the scars of their efforts. They are fierce. They take no shit from anyone and they will let you know when they feel like they’re being stepped on. You don’t have to have had a harsh life. Sheer will of force and a raging personality will get you accepted into this warrior-like house. Ruthless is the perfect word to describe the ideal Nequam personality. But if you are accepted, be prepared to protect yourself from your dorm-mates. They are just as ruthless as you are and it doesn’t matter how bad you are. There is always a bigger fish, as it were.
Do not be offended if you are accepted into the Nihilum house. The well adjusted usually find their way into this house—it does not mean that you do not have the creativity of the Diversus, or the minds of the Indoles, or the proverbial bloodlust of the Nequam, or the charm of the Quaero. It simply means you are in your own category. You are neither unstable nor emotionless. You are human, simple as that. You may have a more practical mindset than the other houses, you might be rooted in reality. We expect nothing less than that from you.
The Quaero house throws the most outrageous parties. They are the social nymphs of our world. They know the news before anyone else, and they have the charm of the snake that tainted the garden of Eden. They are the rich, and the beautiful, and the powerful. They know what they want and they know what they have to do to get it. They are not as directly ruthless as the Nequam in their pursuits and it even seems like they borrow some of the Diversus’s creativity to come up with ways to execute their plans. On the outside, they may seem like empty-headed party animals, but on the inside they are calculating their next move, whether it be up the social ladder or in their next plan.