Trinity (Session 2)

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The term Trinity is used to reference two separate trios of positions at Lancaster, one for each session. This article is about the Second Session Holy Trinity of the Duck, the Muse, and the Fiend, as well as the expanded Pentinity which is the Duck, the Jester, the Muse, and the Fiend. For the First Session Trinity, see Trinity (Session 1).

The Holy Trinity, sometimes just Trinity, now the Pentinity is a constantly-changing Lancastrian group comprising the oldest and most traditional student positions of Lancaster Second Session. These positions are among the most well known offices to be passed down each year from nomores to onemores. The Trinity emerged at the end of 04.2, when the office of Satan was created for and held by Michael Nixon. The Satan position joined the ranks of Jesus and the Holder of the Duck, two other positions at Lancaster. The Trinity continued in this fashion until 07.2, at which point the Jester, another long-standing position, along with the Wearer of the Duct Tape Suit, finally joined its ranks to form the Pentinity. In 08.2, the office of Satan was ended by a consensus among the past Satans as well as among the current Pentinity, thus leaving this group of nomore Lancastrian positions temporarily nameless (it was, however, replaced by a new Satan position in 10.2).

Pentinity members also play some of the main roles in American Pie. Much like all the other LAN.2 positions, Pentinity roles are usually held by Alcovians.

These positions are listed below, in the order of their passing-downs.

Holy Pentinity

As of 11.2 the four main positions were dubbed the Pentinity, despite their four-person-ness. The Pentinity comprises of the Muse, the Fiend, the Duck, and the Jester. In 12.2, they appointed site director Debbie to be the fifth member, completing the Pentinity.

In addition, 12.2 the four members of the Pentinity were known to be a particularly close group of friends and enjoyed holding many three hour Pentinity meetings where they accomplished nothing. At Passionfruit the four started out the speech-making part by having each member make out with every other member by means of freezing and tapping out the one person in order to complete the cycle, in the spirit of the game Freeze from AI.

The Holder of the Duck

The Holder of the Duck holds the Duck. The Holder is seen as the most prestigious Lancaster position.

The Duck is, just like it sounds, a duck. It is a small stuffed animal with a tan body, green face, yellow nose, and a cute little detective hat (more specifically, a houndstooth deerstalker), manufactured by DAKIN in 1990. The Duck has great meaning to second session CTY. Every last Wednesday of second session, the Duck is passed from a nomore to a one-more, usually in Schnader first-floor lounge; the one-more then returns the following year as a nomore to pass the Duck on. The Duck has become a symbol of leadership and knowledge concerning the traditions and the ways of CTY Lancaster. It is older than all current CTYers.

The Holder of the Duck's duty is mostly organizing nomore traditions such as afterdance and American Pie.

The Legend of the Duck is the story of how the tradition began, as written by Andromeda Yelton. It is read aloud once a year at the ceremony during which the Duck is passed. The crowd assembled for the ceremony is large and enthusiastic, generally filling the Schnader lounge and then some. If the Schnader lounge becomes too full, the ceremony has been known to move to Schnader porch to accomodate the crowd. As The Legend is read, the audience shouts the word "duck" loudly whenever it is mentioned in the Legend.

Upon returning home after 09.2, the Holder of the Duck at the time, Sam Fomon, realized that the Legend had disappeared. With the help of all of the past Holders of the Duck, especially Andromeda Yelton who originally wrote the Legend and graciously rewrote it, and various CTY staff and alumni, the Legend was recreated and resigned by all the past holders; it now lives on as the Legend of the Duck, Version 2.0. But, whereas the first legend was missing Chris Sakal's signature, version 2.0 has Chris Sakal's, yet is missing Neel M. Parikh's signature.

After 15.2, Drew Hill passed down a Duck notebook for future Holders to share their Duck experiences.

In 16.2, Sam Pancoe realized that she had lost the Duck! After a week and a half of panic, with the help of Dennis Loo, RA Viv, previous Holders of the Duck, and various admin, the Duck was recovered and everyone (especially the Duck) lived happily ever after.

The Legend of the Duck

   "ONCE, there were logicians.
    
   Not just any logicians, these, but the logicians of CTY Lancaster, Session 2, 1991. The
   logicians of Dubbs 2.
    
   And in addition to these were their friends from Atlee 2 and other random parts of campus. 
   
   These logicians and their friends from Atlee 2 and elsewhere were drawn by many bonds, and
   among these was one of particular relevance here, a love of Monty Python. 
   
   And so they spent many happy hours in the DA2 lounge listening to Monty Python skits. A
   great favorite was the scene from the Holy Grail in which Arthur stumbles upon a witch
   burning. Also beloved, naturally, was the logician's analysis of this scene. 
   
   One day, a brilliant idea came upon some one logician, and that was: to perform this scene
   and analysis at the CTY Talent Show. 
   
   With great enthusiasm, the population of DA2 poured themselves into this enterprise. They
   had the energy, the talent, the ambition. But there was one thing missing. 
   
   A DUCK. 
   
   And so two logicians traveled to the hallowed Park City Mall and purchased--a duck. 
   
   As it happened, the Monty Python skit did not cause the talent show committee great
   rejoicing. The skit passed quietly away into the sands of history, its members scattered
   far and wide, its scripts dispersed to the four winds. 
   
   But still the duck remained.
   
   And since that time it has been kept and cherished by a Holder of the Duck, who each year
   passes it on to some duckworthy person, at Lancaster, second session. From the first Holder
   of the Duck, until the present day, and onward into forever."

The Legend of the Duck v2.0

   "ONCE, there were logicians.
    
   Not just any logicians, these, but the logicians of CTY Lancaster, Session 2, 1991. The
   logicians of Dubbs 2.
    
   And in addition to these were their friends from Atlee 2 and other random parts of campus. 
   
   These logicians and their friends from Atlee 2 and elsewhere were drawn by many bonds, and
   among these was one of particular relevance here, a love of Monty Python. 
   
   And so they spent many happy hours in the DA2 lounge listening to Monty Python skits. A
   great favorite was the scene from the Holy Grail in which Arthur stumbles upon a witch
   burning. Also beloved, naturally, was the logician's analysis of this scene. 
   
   One day, a brilliant idea came upon some one logician, and that was: to perform this scene
   and analysis at the CTY Talent Show. 
   
   With great enthusiasm, the population of DA2 poured themselves into this enterprise. They
   had the energy, the talent, the ambition. But there was one thing missing. 
   
   A DUCK. 
   
   And so two logicians traveled to the hallowed Park City Mall and purchased--a duck. 
   
   As it happened, the Monty Python skit did not cause the talent show committee great
   rejoicing. The skit passed quietly away into the sands of history, its members scattered
   far and wide, its scripts dispersed to the four winds. 
   
   But still the duck remained.
In time, the first Legend vanished, and the written commemoration of all who had come before was swept into the unknown. But the Ducks did not give up hope, and they rallied together to write the Legend anew and regain in full that which they had lost. And still the Duck remained. And since that time it has been kept and cherished by a Holder of the Duck, who each year passes it on to some duckworthy person, at Lancaster, second session. From the first Holder of the Duck, until the present day, and onward into forever."

The Holders of the Duck

  • 1991: Chris Sakal (held the Duck between its purchase and the end of second session)
  • 1991-1992: Grant Gould
  • 1992-1993: Meggin Thwing
  • 1993-1994: Andromeda Yelton
  • 1994-1995: Frank S. Piotrkowski II
  • 1995-1996: Brian Stube
  • 1996-1997: Christian Bryzinski
  • 1997-1998: Neel M. Parikh
  • 1998-1999: Michael Mishkin
  • 1999-2000: Rose Ginsberg
  • 2000-2001: Cat Kruchten
  • 2001-2002: Belle Saxton
  • 2002-2003: Gabriel N. Slamovits
  • 2003-2004: Michelle Vu
  • 2004-2005: Will Colmer
  • 2005-2006: Rosie Brown
  • 2006-2007: Jeffrey Sachs
  • 2007-2008: Max Wang
  • 2008-2009: Allegra Kuney
  • 2009-2010: Sam Fomon
  • 2010-2011: Dennis Cowan
  • 2011-2012: Ryan Cebulko
  • 2012-2013: Matt Pressman
  • 2013-2014: Ashley Wang
  • 2014-2015: Drew Hill
  • 2015-2016: Samantha Pancoe
  • 2016-2017: Emily Rabinovich

NOTE: The Duck does not take kindly to being near the Duct Tape Staff. It has been known to give the Staff death glares of jealousy.

The Muse

(Formerly known as Jesus)

This section is about the Lancaster Second Session position of The Muse (formerly known as Jesus).

In the beginning, Jesus of Nazarath was a person who lived approximately two millenia ago. Only Christians consider Jesus Christ the Messiah, but it is not unreasonable that he was a real person, although it is also possible that he was several people. Like some versions of Homer. Or no people. Like some versions of Soylent. Later on, Jesus evolved into a position at CTY, known by that name from 1999.2-2012.2.

A few days before the first day of Session 1 2012 students were informed that the title of Jesus as well as Satan had to be changed due to their religious allusions and to not exclude religious campers. The Muse/Jesus and Fiend/Satan of that session, Fuzieq and Becca, spent a lot of time trying to come up with new titles that would fully capture the essence of their positions, often getting distracted during discussion by friends and life. Finally when they were about to submit one pair of names to the administration to become official, they spoke with some friends to get another opinion. They all decided to think of other names and with the help of Noah Goldstein, Theo Hong, and thesaurus.com they decided on the titles of The Muse to replace Jesus and The Fiend to replace Satan. They submitted the decision and it was read aloud during hall meeting that night and was met with great approval throughout the campus.

The Muse designates a position at Lancaster passed down from a nomore to a onemore. As with all Pentinity positions, it is accorded great respect, and is also known by many, although those who do not know of the existence of the Duct Tape Staff and the Muse probably still breathe and dislike Hitler. Because of the loss of the Jesus fishbowl and most of the original Duct Tape Suit, the remaining item, the Duct Tape Staff (made out of the shaft of a lacrosse stick, a tennis ball, and duct tape), is the passed-down Muse relic. The Duct Tape Staff is also known as the Duct Tape Sceptre, the Duct Tape Scepter (note different spelling), the Duct Tape Rod, and the Duct Tape Stick. Around 2009, the Jesi began adding fun things to the Staff, including a cool EL wire swirly thing (replaced in 12.2 by the then Muse and Jackie Liu), ribbon, colorful duct tape, fuzzballs, a heart made out of little pieces of all the love tape received by Fuzieq in 12.2, and a whole lot of gold stars by Sam in 13.2. Hopefully the future Muses will continue to add fun things.

Originally, the sole duty of The Muse lay in beginning and overseeing the ritual of the Last Supper. It is also the Last Supper (changed to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in 2012 because of religious connotations) when the Staff is passed on. In recent years, the role of Muse has extended to introducing first years to tradition and making every member of the community feel welcome. Therefore, any Bearer of the Staff should be a very approachable person.

Muses/Jesi

Session 1:

  • 01.1: Ken Levin

Session 2:

  • 99.2: Conor Walsh
  • 00.2: B-B Stern
  • 01.2: Chris Daubert
  • 02.2: Darcy Hackley
  • 03.2: Reuven Lazarus
  • 04.2: Eve Privman
  • 05.2: Mark Hendrickson (failed to return, duties performed by Satan (Nixon))
  • 06.2: Rachel Todd
  • 07.2: Magdalena "Laney" Newhouse
  • 08.2: Noelle Aly
  • 09.2: Elizabeth "Eliz" Leimkhuler
  • 10.2: Jacob "PHB" Kelly
  • 11.2: Matt Kolosick
  • 12.2: Fuzieq Berman
  • 13.2: Sam Ngan
  • 14.2: Skylar Karzhevsky
  • 15.2: Ellie Taylor
  • 16.2: Muskaan "Smiles" Garg
  • 17.2: Hannah Stark

The Fiend

(Formerly known as Satan)

This section is about the Lancaster Second Session Trinity position of The Fiend (formerly known as Satan). For the Satan of First Session, see Satan (Session 1).

Satan is a synonym for the Devil, as Nixon will note. It refers to a Lancaster position in both Session 1 and 2, although it is only a Trinity position in Session 2. However, it is now called The Fiend.

In LAN.04.2, the current Jesus (Eve Privman) was faced with the choice between Nixon, a very cool guy, and Mark, another very cool guy, regarding to whom she would pass the Staff. Under the special circumstances, a new position was created and thus Nixon was appointed the position that at the time was called Satan, as he was quite a bit more sadistic than Mark, but still as cool. Eve, always a big fan of the man-kiss, insisted that the newly appointed duo share a touching moment. It has hence become traditional for New Jesi and Satani to make out after the Last Supper.

The next year, the position of The Fiend (formerly known as Satan) was passed onto Kai because Nixon wanted a hot girl to take his place.

In 06.2, Kai had to make the decision to throw out the position of The Fiend/Satan, as it was made under special circumstances, or keep it as something new for the one-mores to strive for. She ended up choosing Cedilla to take the position, therefore keeping the job of Satan in the works for at least one more year.

The relic of The Fiend/Satan was a plush bunny (with pointy teeth, much like the bunny from the end of the Holy Grail) that was originally Eve's (and which she totally thought she lost somewhere until just now when she read this...but now she totally remembers giving it to Nixon). This bunny has hence been returned to Michael Nixon since the termination of the position.

In 08.2, Vin chose to discontinue the position of Satan as it seemed nobody was up to the job. The Satan-Bunny remained with Vin. The role of Satan in American Pie was to be decided as any other American Pie part is chosen.

Then, during 10.2, both Jesus and the Holder of the Duck decided that the Satan position had once again found a good candidate: Erik Goldberg. Revealed at Passionfruit, this decision was met with enormous amounts of applause, cheering, whooping, and general happiness.

During 11.2, a new relic came about as Sean Lake donated the Grammar Pony (a unicorn head on a long pole/stick with a rainbow on its cheek) to the holder of the position, Erik Goldberg. It was officially crowned as the relic at the ceremony of The Last Supper. It had become tradition to pass it to the new Fiend with the phrase "Now take this unicorn and do something bad (with it)".


A few days before the first day of Session 1 2012 students were informed that the title of Jesus as well as Satan had to be changed due to their religious allusions and to not exclude religious campers. The Muse/Jesus and Fiend/Satan of that session, Fuzieq and Becca, spent a lot of time trying to come up with new titles that would fully capture the essence of their positions often getting distracted during discussion by friends and life. Finally when they were about to submit one pair of names to the administration to become official, they spoke with some friends to get another opinion. They all decided to think of other names and with the help of Noah Goldstein, Theo Hong, and thesaurus.com they decided on the titles of The Muse to replace Jesus and The Fiend to replace Satan. They submitted the decision and it was read aloud during hall meeting that night and was met with great approval throughout the campus.


The Fiend's role is to act out Satan in American Pie. S/he also gives a speech and passes on his/her position during the Last Supper and is an active member of the Pentinity. The Fiend also tends to lead Always, using the Unicorn Staff as their horn.The Fiend's role is also to encourage CTYers to explore and learn about themselves in the safe place that is CTY. Within this, the Fiend must also ensure that CTY remains a safe place for students who want to try new things.

  • 2004-2005: (Michael) Nixon (who insisted on calling himself The Devil instead of Satan)
  • 2005-2006: Kai Christian
  • 2006-2007: Cedilla Sachar
  • 2007-2008: Vincent "Vin" DiGiorgio

Two-Year Break

  • 2010-2011: Erik Goldberg
  • 2011-2012: Becca Teich
  • 2012-2013: Jocelyn Baird
  • 2013-2014: Jeremy Price
  • 2014-2015: Andrew Javens
  • 2015-2016: Caroline Shea
  • 2016-2017: Siona Gupta

Remaining Pentinity

Jester

The Jester is the only position to be identically shared by both sessions. It is only part of the Trinity and/or Pentinity in Second Session, but is itself older than the Second Session Satan position. See Jester.

Duct Tape Suit Wearer

The Duct Tape Suit Wearer is a Lancaster Session 2 position.

Nixon was the second wearer of the suit, following Tom Wilson. In 2004, even though he had one year left, he passed it on, since his mother said that it smelled and refused to allow it back in the house. The Old Duct Tape Suit was originally created sometime before 02.2, but was tragically lost as Mark Hendrickson failed to return. The staff, which Nixon kept, has become the new relic for the position of Jesus.

The New Duct Tape Suit includes a top hat created by QB, the 06 Duct Tape Suit Wearer. The Suit also included a vest and a proto-pair of pants, but the vest was lost, and the pants refused to function as an article of clothing. The vest and pants were recreated by Beans sometime before 07.2.

The 2009 owner of the duct tape suit was killed in a velociraptor attack, and all parts of the suit other than the hat disappeared.

But then, the jacket and pants resurfaced and would very much like a new home. Friend www.facebook.com/VINNY.VINNY.VINNY to assist in the process. Vinny has yet to be found.

The remaining Duct Tape Hat is passed down each year at Passionfruit

The Wearers of the Duct Tape Suit

The Old Suit

  • 02.2: Tom Wilson
  • 03.2: Tom Wilson
  • 04.2: Michael Nixon
  • 05.2: LOST FOREVER

The New Suit

  • 06.2: QB
  • 07.2: Beans
  • 08.2: Will Steinberg
  • 09.2: Vinny Brattelli
  • 10.2: Richard Law
  • 11.2: Sam Barback