Hall of Shame:LOS

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2000's

Sound System Mess-up

Sessions: 2006.2

During the first dance of the second session, the audio kept cutting off. After about fifteen minutes of booing and people saying "This is lame," Jason Boring came with a bullhorn, which he held up to a radio. Fifteen minutes later the sound was fixed, but it would get cut for a second every few minutes. Because of the technical difficulties, the dance was extended a half hour. For about five seconds, there was mass uproar when the sound gave out at the beginning of American Pie.

Dorm Break-In

Sessions: 2006.2

About midway through the session, the doorway of the chapel at the end of Huesman Hall was left open. In the middle of the night, two foreigners (apparently drunk, maybe Swedish) went into the chapel and gained access to the dorms themselves. They entered a room that was luckily vacant, but because of what happened, one student from each dorm room had to give their key to their RA and lock their doors at night instead of bolting them. The key would be returned in the morning before breakfast. This created huge problems during sleepovers, because roommates would often be seperated, and as many as six people had to stay in one room because they got locked out.

Lice Outbreak

Sessions: 2006.2

Nine people were known to be infected with lice during session 2's final week, creating paranoia and chaos in the student population. CTY sent everyone home with a letter which included information about treating lice. Site Coordinator Karen Weeks became an expert at inspecting student and staff member's scalps for lice. Following the conclusion of the summer, at least one RA contracted head lice.

Lack of Canon

Sessions: 2007 - present

A common complaint among more traditionalist or site-hopping CTYers is the lack of Canon played at the LOS dances. While certain songs are held to be more important or Canon-worthy, LOS lacks a well-defined Canon, unlike other sites. Songs such as Forever Young, Dragostea Din Tei, Istanbul (not Constantinople), and others are often passed up in favor of more "popular" and "catchy" songs. While this helps to make the dance more enjoyable for the less tradition-oriented, it is very upsetting to those who hold tradition in high esteem. Requests by students occasionally are helpful in getting more Canon to be played, but not often. One remembered instance of Canon failure includes 08.1, when It's the End of the World as We Know It was played abnormally early; this resulted in very low participation until RAs played it again (after an appearance by Jason Boring). Another is the last dance of 10.1, during which even extremely important songs such as Sandstorm and It's the End of the World as We Know It went unplayed (attributed by RAs to a lack of time because of the slideshow); additionally, the pronouncedly inferior Jay-Z remake of Forever Young was played instead of the Alphaville original.

Slideshow/American Pie Disaster

Sessions: 2007.2

After playing the traditional Stairway to Heaven during the third and final dance: as usual, the students sat down to watch the slideshow. After the slideshow repeatedly malfunctioned, Residential Dean Jason Boring informed the students that the plan was to play American Pie while the staff worked on the slideshow and then try again. After many angry complaints from the students they began American Pie. Once American Pie finished the students gathered around the screen once more, and once more the slideshow failed. Jason came out once more and after apologizing multiple times said, "The only thing I can think of is to play the last minute of American Pie again." Once again after many protests the circle reformed to restart the final minute of American Pie. The result was likely the most lackluster performance of American Pie ever witnessed at CTY. This disaster almost repeated itself in 08.1, but they got the slideshow to work before the end of the first verse.

Lack of Sunken Gardens

Sessions: 2008.1

Sunken Gardens, the site of many activities, such as Water Day and the Dorm Olympics, was under renovation this year. They were tearing out grass and installing a sprinkler system. As a result, the Gardens remained closed, which was an enormous bummer.

Talent Show

Sessions: 2008.1

The Talent Show was quite disappointing given that the RA's were cutting off the acts in order to squeeze in their mundane skits regarding America's Next Top Model which were insulting to Gay people, Straight people, People in between, and Epileptic people. When asked why these skits were so vital, the RA's replied, "We've practiced for a while, it's important." And they justified cutting off the MC's and certain acts as such.

Discovery of Yearbook Cancellation

Sessions: 2008.1

No yearbooks were given out at the end of the session, which was a huge disappointment for all the nevermores and returners. When asked, Jason Boring said "It's an issue of cost." Many students were upset that they never did receive any yearbooks of any sort. There was also speculation that it was because of offensive comments that made it into previous yearbooks, especially ones in foreign languages.

American Pie Fiascos

Sessions: 2008.2

At the first American Pie of the session, three to five CTYers sat in the middle of the American Pie swaying circle. One of the CTYers was reportedly a former JHU CTYer. They were pulled out of the circle by a group of CTYers including Bri., Allegra/Jackie, Emma, and Lyra. However, even though they were pulled out, they still ruined the beginning part of American Pie. The unsuspecting sitters were also charged at the first chorus of American Pie (that part when everyone runs into the middle) by angry traditionalists, and got crushed under the weight of traditionalist CTYer wrath.

At the next American Pie, a sheet was thrown around during the middle of the song. While this is not a fiasco, the writer of the article remembers the sheet coming over her head and not being able to see for two or three seconds. Also, there was a large group of people[primarily squirrel boys] who ran into the circle early.

Right before the final American Pie, and after stairway? a rap song started playing. it played for about four or five seconds, but during that time, a large amount of CTYers cheered, while the traditionalists and returners Booed. This is a fiasco because people CHEERED.

Even though the playing of canon was significantly better in 08.2, these deserve to be in the Hall of SHAME.

The Plague

Sessions: 2009.1, 2009.2

At the beginning of the second week of CTY, people began reporting fevers and other flulike symptoms. Though these people were immediately sent home for seven days, the plague spread to over 60 (as told to second session students by office staff) students, as counted by the health office. Officially, two students had the Swine Flu. Many many more students went undercover and took contraband medications in order to avoid detection and quarantine. There were several illnesses, including H1N1, a different kind of Influenza A, and Bronchitis going around. The quarantine rooms filled up, so sick kids began to recieve roommates. Their friends were allowed to visit if the screen was closed, the well student was behind a line a yard from the window, and the sick student was wearing a medical mask. Many students vanished without so much as a goodbye. Terror reigned.

Following the outbreak during first session, during second session temperatures were taken before students were allowed to check-in (with only students with "normal" temperatures being allowed to check-in), and every morning before halls left for breakfast. Students with temperatures of ninety-nine or above were taken to the health office to be quarantined.

The Plague returned to second session mostly over the final weekend and week. It was reported that about 35 students were sent home in that week alone for various flulike symptoms. While many students were not able to be taken to the clinic to be tested due to insurance issues, several students who had the same symptoms as everyone else (minor cough and fever for a couple of days) tested positive for a generic throat virus.

At least one person tested positive for legit swine flu.

Kobe Campers Enter Desmond

Sessions: 2009.1

During first session, along with the plague that spread rampantly throughout the campus, another plague hit CTY- the Kobe Camp. During the Kobe Camp's first night, their counselor's key cards to Rosecrans weren't working, so they thought they were in the wrong building. They tried their key cards on Desmond, however, and that worked perfectly. As a result, many girls were scared to find tall, large men in their hallways, looking around. Because of this, CTY required that all halls be locked into their hallways after lights out, and RAs posted signs everywhere that said "CTY" on them.

Noise Complaints

Sessions: 2010.2

At the second dance, held at the Sullivan courtyard, at about 9 PM, CTY received a complaint from the nearby apartments that the dance was too loud. Despite the fact that one should accept some kind of noise if they choose to live right next to a university on a Friday night at 9 PM, the RAs were forced to turn the volume 70% down, making American Pie barely audible. Subsequently, the next dance was held in the second floor gym of the Burns Rec Center.

Boring Sleepover

Sessions: 2013.2

During an illegal sleepover in the third week, two boys decided that they were bored and chose to entertain themselves by climbing out the window and onto the ledge outside the building (Whelan). the brave (or extremely stupid) CTYers crawled around the ledge extremely loudly, alerting their RA, who promptly looked outside and saw them. They immediately got in trouble.

{Note from one of the boys: I have edited it so that this story is 100% true. I know many of you heard it with us shining lights, but that is false.}

Sprinkler Surprise

Sessions: 2013.2

During the last dance, the sprinklers came on in the middle of the slideshow (~9:57). Everybody screamed and ran. The first thing that many of the RAs did was to place their feet over the sprinklers to keep them from getting on the students while buckets were fetched to place over the errant sprinklers. However, when a particular, unnamed RA was asked by students if he would help, he replied, "I don't get paid enough for this shit. I ain't about that (putting his foot on the sprinklers) life. Fuck this." Needless to say, no one had a response.

The rest of the dance was to be continued on Huesman courtyard, but after a couple more minutes of the nostalgic slideshow (10:22), a second set of wretched sprinklers sprang to life. And, as before, everybody screamed and ran. The screen was then flipped around and the slideshow continued, with the students sitting on concrete and crowding around the fountain. It was at this point that, adding to the watery madness, one student fell into the fountain, drenching everyone in the vicinity.

Finally, it came time for American Pie. Everybody joined arms and sang along to the music. The mood, however, was brutally murdered by the appearance of a third set of ugly, black sprinklers in front of and beside Sullivan, which happened to attack at precisely the moment everyone ran into the center of the circle.

Dane was overheard chuckling slightly and telling another RA that, "This is so going on the Hall of Shame." Hell yes, damn straight Dane.

A few blurry photos of the event: http://k5288rez.imgur.com/all/

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