|The newly corrected message|
I made some inquiries and have heard reports that President Glenn Roquemore was "plenty miffed" about this signage snafu. On the other hand, according to other reports, the President has tended to dismiss the incident, describing it as a mere "typo."
But I don't have confirmation of any of that. (I might have just made it up.)
We've also heard that, in the last two days, there has been a precipitous decline in traffic accidents at the intersection of Jeffrey and Irvine CD, which, as we reported, was recently declared to be the seventh most dangerous intersection in the county.
Some wags are suggesting that the obvious explanation of this curious development is the aforementioned correction of the marquee signage. Obviously, according to said wags, until its verbiage was corrected, the marquee's remarkable message—"we cilio ora," and whatnot—routinely "weirded out" northbound drivers who panicked, thereby causing their vehicles to skitter and slide aimlessly across the intersection and into innocent pedestrians and vehicles.
THE MYSTERY INCOHERENCE. The corrected signage has solved part of one mystery: what did the pre-incoherence signage say? Evidently "you success ur commitment" once declared "your success is our commitment." And "www edu" once stated "www ivc edu." Meanwhile, "enroll w" started with "enroll now."
OK, I get all that. But the first line of the Mystery Incoherence remains a mystery. How does a set of letters get from "COME TO IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE" to "WE CILIO ORA1[<]E ORE CONST EYCOLLEGE"?*
*Yes, it seems likely that the original message said, not "COME TO IVC" but "WELCOME TO IVC." But how explain the rest of the gibberish? Note: I'm told that the letters of the signage are locked in: the gibberish couldn't be the result of pranksters.