1. There are two theories as to why Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage named the college after her departed husband. The first theory is that Russell Sage was a suffragist and staunch supporter of women’s rights, and she named the college in his honor. The second theory is that old Russell and Margaret had a miserable, loveless marriage, that Russell was a famous philanderer and misogynist who believed that a woman’s place was in the home, so Margaret named the (women’s) college after him out of spite. It is said that every time a woman graduates, Mr. Sage turns in his grave.
2. There is a statue of a minuteman in the courtyard of Sage Hall and Bush Memorial. Sage lore states that whenever a virgin graduates from RSC, the minuteman fires his gun.