University of Ghana Vandals
About Us – A Vandal…
VANDAL is an acronym that describes the attributes of past, present and future students and residents of Commonwealth Hall, University of Ghana. Vandalism is a culture with a philosophy; it is a way of life that promotes respect for all without any prejudice. Vandalism is the highest form of religion where people love their neighbours more than they love themselves. Vandalism as a culture preaches fairness, equality, freedom and above all justice – regardless of ethnicity, religion, political ideology, world view and national or tribal origin.
The term VANDAL, as used by present and past students of Commonwealth Hall and associates to describe themselves, is an acronym. The acronym VANDAL is a combined summation of the attributes of Vandals and stands for the following: Vivacious, Affable, Neighbourly, Devoted/Dedicated, Altruistic and Loyal.
Commonwealth Hall is one of five Halls of residence of the University of Ghana, in Accra, Ghana. The first batch of students were admitted into residence in Commonwealth Hall at the beginning of 1956-1957 academic year. In the Lent Term of that academic year, Ghana attained its independence from Great Britain and the hall, hitherto known as the Third Hall (because it was nameless), was officially christened Commonwealth Hall to commemorate Ghana’s admission into the Commonwealth of Nations. The official opening of the Hall was performed in March 1957. It is so far, the only all-male Hall of residence in the university.
The motto of the hall, TRUTH STANDS, was taken from a quotation from satyre by John Donne (1572 – 1631):
“On a huge hill, cragged, and steep, Truth stands and he that will reach her, about must and about must go”.
…Down History Lane
As a way of life, Vandalism evolved rather imperceptibly. The first batch of Commonwealthians entered the Hall in October, 1956. They were about 61 in number.
The Hall, though uncompleted at the time, was a vast expanse of beautiful and imposing architecture. Its spaciousness encouraged freedom of movement and amenities were to be had for the asking. Even more important, the administration of the Hall was in the hands of Professor Varley, Professor of Geography, who was Hall Master, and Mr J. R. Lender, Senior Tutor. These two gentlemen were indulgent, liberal-minded, and genuinely interested in student welfare.
They met the students almost every week to chat, discuss problems and have a drink. One significant result of such a liberal policy was that the students developed unflinching loyalty to the Hall and became inseparably welded to it. But it was a small group of students, numbering not more than 20, who laid the foundation for Commonwealth Hall’s greatness. They were a virile bunch of active young dare-devils bubbling with youthful enthusiasm, and fully determined to squeeze the last drop of enjoyment out of a challenging university life.