AV Turicia Zurich

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The AV Turicia is a colored academic association from Zurich and a section of the Swiss Student Association founded in 1860 (abbr .: Schw. StV or StV) as well as a member of the Association of Academic Commentary Associations (called "Block"). This makes it the oldest university association of the umbrella association founded in Switzerland in 1841.

AV Turicia TU!

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Coat of arms AV Turicia Circle AV Turicia
Basic data
University / s: University of Zurich
ETH Zurich
Universities in the Zurich region
Founding: 1860
Place of foundation: Zurich
Foundation date: January 11, 1861
Corporation association : Schw. StV , Federation of Academic Commentary Associations , Corporations Convent Zurich , Swiss Association for Student History
Colours: orange-white-green, orange-white
Type of Confederation: Men's association
Position to the scale : not striking
Motto: In fide firmitas
Field shout ( Panier ): "Beer boy!"
Total members: 290
Active: 46
Website: www.turicia.ch


The Turicia is an association within the meaning of the Civil Code with headquarters in Zurich. It cultivates friendship among its members. Building on the foundations of Christianity, it wants to contribute to the shaping of the state and society with knowledge of its own history and responsibility for the legacy of the Catholic Church.


Foundation of the Zurich section of the Schw. StV

The November issue of the "Monthly Roses" reports in 1860 on the establishment of the Zurich section of the Swiss Student Union , to which five StVers decided with the ETH student Anton Petrelli and the four doctors Franz Bridler, Paul Egger, Robert Lenz and Ernst Müller to have. In December of the same year, a standing semester joins the group that meets on Friday, which elects Fintan Bärlocher (stud. Med. Absol.) From the Rhine valley as senior as its first president when its first committee is appointed on January 11, 1861 .

The first AV Turicia flag from 1861

Problems of the first time

A letter to the Lucerne section explains the problem the six students are facing. You are one of the first Star Members who no longer study exclusively at Catholic universities abroad, but are increasingly turning to the time-honored Alma Mater Basiliensis, as well as the Zurich and Bern universities. So it is hardly surprising that in Protestant Zurich the members of the section soon teamed up with representatives of other Catholic groups. For example the journeyman's association or the church choir, in order to protect and increase the rights of the vanishingly small Catholic minorities in Zurich in addition to maintaining sociability.

Breakthrough and strengthening of Turicia

During the time of the Kulturkampf, which expelled the Catholics from the Augustinian Church in 1873 and brought them together again in the newly built Church of St. Peter and Paul in Aussersihl, this community of interests was put to the test by fire. The connection made its breakthrough in the 1980s; In the summer semester of 1883, the section was recognized by the university's senate as a "Catholic Student Union Turicia" and in the winter semester of 1883/84 its incorporation into the "General Student Assembly". After the decision of the AC of December 8, 1885, the red-white-green ribbon and the red cap were also worn in public. In February 1886 the 25th anniversary could be celebrated. On the occasion of the GV Sursee in 1886 the “triple alliance” of the color-bearing academic associations AKV Rauracia, AKV Burgundia and AV Turicia is celebrated, which will be actively involved in the Schw. StV over the coming decades in favor of a tight section and club life.

Refuge of leading Zurich Catholics

The rich archival holdings, many of which have survived to the present day, bear witness to the emerging “feudal nature” of high school students, which flourished in Zurich at the turn of the century. The Turicia, in which all national languages ​​are spoken at times, is supported in their efforts by an active electorate. Founded on March 1, 1887, it was first presided over by the two pastors Karl Reichlin and Josef Burtscher, and then by Emil Pestalozzi-Pfyffer for twenty years. From the connection with their numerously growing fellow believers from different backgrounds, the Turicians not only develop an understanding of the importance of the social question, which they are the first to bring to the society as a whole. You are also at the forefront of efforts to bring like-minded people together at the cantonal and federal level. The names of the first editor-in-chief of the “Neue Zürcher Nachrichten” and founder of the Christian Social Party of the canton, Georg Baumberger , his successor Ludwig Schneller and the first CSP (now CVP ) President of the Cantonal Council, Conrad Bürgi, those of the councils of states who played a key role in the founding of the Swiss Catholic People's Party Adalbert Wirz and Josef Düring should be mentioned for many others who, like the later Federal Councilor Philipp Etter , have served the public for many years.

Second consecration of the flag, change of color and choice of motto

The second AV Turicia flag from 1903

With the entry into the 20th century , Turicia, occasionally with over 60 members, experienced an eventful time. Ideas for an own fraternity house in the university quarter are discussed with the old rulers, while at the same time secession within Aktivitas is rehearsed in secret conventions. The cement of the celebration of the second flag consecration in the summer of 1903, with which the color change to orange and the choice of the motto “In fide firmitas” goes hand in hand, lasts until the 50th anniversary, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in May 1911.

Spin-off of AKV Kyburger

On February 24, 1912, the connection decided to redimension it, which was accomplished by establishing a subsidiary. A lottery procedure determines the first members of the pink-white-green "AKV Kyburger Zurich", at whose first flag consecration the Turicia in the summer of 1912 - just like earlier with the Turania and later with the GV Struthonia , the Lepontia, the Romania Turicensis, the AV Bodania, Corona San Gallensis, GV Corvina Einsiedeln and GV Desertina - the godfather. The relationship to the new connection is subject to ups and downs, the waves of which the common old gentlemen's association, which existed until 1944, more than often tries to compensate. The Turicia can count on the support of the Kyburger in many areas of their interests.

In the shadow of the Second World War

In 1935, the association celebrates its 75th foundation festival and inaugurates its third flag. The AV Turicia is characterized by the contradictions of a national awakening and the threatening period of World War II. The co-founding of the new "block" of the old comment connections in the summer of 1942 can also be seen in the light of the will to persevere that the StV invokes to preserve Swiss freedom. In the post-war period, the Turicia played its part in strengthening the German and Austrian Cartel Association . Friendly ties are formed with Alpinia Innsbruck and the Hohentwiel Stuttgart, which over the years have been replaced by the relationships with the KDStV Winfridia (Breslau) Münster and KDStV Trifels Munich, which still exist today .

Exit from the block and the 68s

Insulting other block members towards AV Turicia in connection with the election of a non-blocker as central president has the consequence that AV Turicia withdraws from the Association of Academic Commentary Links (Block) in the winter semester 1951/52. A time of new freedom is dawning. Clinging to the old on their own, the association prepares the 100th anniversary in late autumn 1960, which should have a long lasting effect with its shine. The courageous decision to buy a fraternity house is made. While the boom calls outdated ideals into question, the Turicia had to face internal discussions in May 1968. The old men are suspicious of the abolition of the color requirement. The active members, in turn, involved in the development of the Freiburg Manifesto on educational policy and the socio-political model, do not want to declare the SP membership of Turicers to be incompatible with club membership.

The current flag of AV Turicia from 1985. The next flag will be consecrated on the occasion of the 150th anniversary.

Crisis and resurgence

AV Turicia fox stall with traditional beer jackets (2006)

With the forced move out of the long-standing local "Feldschlösschen", the Turicia becomes completely homeless. A "history weekend" organized by Aktivitas releases new strength by reflecting on one's own history. The Turicer-Info arises and brings the connection to the creation of a new community. From the renovation of the house on Nordstrasse, the Turicerhaus emerged, which, along with the newly occupied trunk in “Urania”, will become the center of communal life. Despite their small number, the active Turicers are willing to bring their connection back into shape and to keep their traditional place in the overall club. Five CC members and one CP will be provided by 1985.

From the 125-year-old to today

In 1985 AV Turicia can look back on 125 years of club history. As in the past, this will be celebrated with an extensive anniversary. In the following year, Aktivitas decided to re-join the Association of Academic Commentary Associations. Among other things, the turmoil surrounding the change of the local pub in the 70s and 80s led to the fact that an own restaurant was bought on Schmiedgasse. To this day it is the meeting point for the regular weekly business. Shortly before the turn of the millennium, AV Turicia was again in a crisis. The fact that the Aktivitas had only a few members and their partly lack of commitment brought the life of the union to a standstill. In the new millennium, a fresh core of members was found, which breathed new life into the breath of connection. Since then, AV Turicia has again been able to provide two members in the CC and one CP in the Schw. StV. In November 2009 the traditional Martini meal kicked off the 150th anniversary, the climax of which took place around Whitsun 2010.

Albertus ring

The Albertus-Ring is an amalgamation of Catholic academic communities which, according to the founding charter , stand up against the "influence of atheism, liberalism, chauvinism and materialism on ethical and moral evaluation and the constant threat from communism" and "maintain personal contact, student exchanges Promote each other at their universities, grant each other every relief and help and act in an exemplary manner in the field of international understanding. "
The founding members were:

A friendship between AV Edo-Rhenania, AV Rheinstein, AV Turicia and KAV Danubia continues from the intensive contact of the founding years. In honor of the patron saint of Albertus ring, the German scholar and patron of all academics Albertus Magnus , the AV Edo Rhenania conducts an annual so-called Albertus festival which next to a Catholic service a student Kommersbuch includes.
This idea is also being implemented today through the EKV and the Erasmus program .

Corporations Convent Zurich

Turicia is a member of the Corporations Convent Zurich (CCZ).

Comment and statute properties

Like most of the associations, the Turicia stands out from the other associations in the Swiss Student Union in certain commentary and statute questions .

Comment properties

The AV Turicia knows - in contrast to most block connections - no so-called "eo ipso" cases. That means, all beer fines must be pronounced by the high senior or the high fox major.

Statutory features

Art. 11 of the statutes says: " Even before the establishment of the Academic Association Turicia on January 11, 1861, the queen has been able to offer the king chess and mate him from time to time. " That means nothing other than that a member of the Turicia is allowed to take care of his partner instead of attending a fraternity event.

The beer clock and its comment

As with other connections, AV Turicia also operates a beer clock. In contrast to other connections that have conventional, mostly improvised beer clocks, the Turicia has its own beer clock table. Another special feature is the independent beer clock comment. It is subject to the current legal code and applies exclusively to the duration and players of a beer clock round. A meticulous record is kept of all beer clocks. One round goes over 11 cups, whereby the quantity is one third each. The oldest semester begins by turning the pointer counterclockwise. The one on whose field the pointer stops drinks a quantity. If the same player is hit three times in a row, he falls into the BUV (beer watch mess). The beer penalty is carried out over a whole. After a round you can only get out if you have either drank the most or paid the most. As soon as both drop out, each player is free to drop out or continue playing.

The Turicerhaus

In 1964, AV Turicia acquired a residential building in District 6 in Zurich with the intention of offering rooms for students. In contrast to German connections, it is not common in Switzerland to have your own connection house. Although the purchase was made at the suggestion of the connection, the house was and is also open to non-connection students. In 1972 the entire house was thoroughly renovated and, among other things, a large communal cellar with kitchen was created. This developed into the focus of everyday house and connection life. The house is organized as a cooperative, with around 90% of the cooperative members also being members of AV Turicia. Several showcases were installed in the Turicerkeller, where Couleur articles from previous years are exhibited:

The hangout

After a long time without a regular local pub, AV Turicia acquired its own local pub in the Niederdorf in Zurich in 1986. In addition to the normal restaurant operations, the weekly AV Turicia meeting takes place there. The local pub is organized as a stock corporation. Shareholders include the old man's board and Aktivitas.

Known members (selection)

  • Heinrich Federer (1866–1928), Swiss Catholic priest and writer
  • Caspar Melliger (1868–1924), founder and president of the Catholic People's Party of the City of Zurich
  • Paul de Chastonay SJ (1870–1943), Jesuit, pastor, publicist
  • Kaspar Knobel (1882–1953), head forester, Schwyz Cantonal Council (1938–1839), Catholic-Conservative National Council (1943–1953)
  • Michel Plancherel (1885–1967), Swiss mathematician, professor of higher mathematics at the ETH Zurich, rector of the ETHZ from 1931 to 1935
  • Willy Kaufmann (1887–1942), Swiss composer and doctor
  • Philipp Etter (1891–1977), Swiss politician, Federal Councilor and member of the Catholic Conservative Party (today CVP )
  • Richard Gutzwiller SJ (1896–1958), Jesuit, director of the apologist. Institute in Zurich and honorary professor for biblical theological issues in Innsbruck
  • Benno Cardinal Gut OSB (1897–1970), Abbot Primate of the Benedictines and Cardinal of the Curia
  • Eduard Montalta (1907–1982), pioneer of curative education in Switzerland
  • Alphons Egli (1924–2016), Swiss politician (CVP)
  • Rudolf W. Hug (* 1944), Chairman of the Board of Panalpina
  • Hans Hollenstein (* 1949), former member of the cantonal government ( CVP ) (honorary member)
  • Erich Pircher , former Swiss ambassador to Albania and Croatia


  • info Turicia, anniversary edition "125 years Turicia", No. 36, Zurich, May 2, 1985, Böhi v / o Rock
  • Urs Altermatt (Ed.): To dare the huge fight with this time ... Swiss Student Association 1841-1991 , Lucerne (Maihof) 1993, ISBN 3952002720 .

Web links

Commons : AV Turicia Zurich  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Swiss Association for Student History . Retrieved December 4, 2009
  2. ^ EH Eberhard: Handbook of the student liaison system. Leipzig, 1924/25, p. 196.
  3. https://danubia.wien/albertus-ring/
  4. ^ "Seven Nations founded Albertusring" appeared in "Das kleine Volksblatt" on November 19, 1957
  5. Events | AV Edo-Rhenania to Tokyo. Retrieved May 18, 2018 .
  6. ^ Hugo Hungerbühler: Caspar Melliger. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . December 8, 2009 , accessed June 14, 2019 .
  7. ^ Josef Stierli: Paul de Chastonay. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . October 22, 2007 , accessed June 14, 2019 .
  8. ^ Franz Auf der Maur: Kaspar Knobel. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . August 21, 2007 , accessed June 14, 2019 .
  9. ^ Josef Bruhin: Richard Gutzwiller. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . October 15, 2014 , accessed June 14, 2019 .
  10. ^ Eduard Montalta . Retrieved December 4, 2009