Hall of Shame:LAN
- 1 1980s
- 2 2000s
- 3 2010s
In 1988, after a heavy rain, various CTYers participated in an organic Slip N Slide and destroyed about 30 feet of grass. The site director was not amused. It happened again in 1989, but punishment was sufficient to prevent further repeats.
"Stairway to Heaven" Cut Short Scandal
Another editor of this page, me, heard my hallmate from Lancaster '05, Henry, that "Stairway to Heaven" got cut off sometime in the past two or three years at Lancaster. Then everybody protested during "American Pie."
There have been rumors that a sit-down occurred at the end of the dance. More rumors say that the sit-down actually worked and the RAs did play "Stairway to Heaven" due to the fact that nobody would leave the dance.
At LAN.00.1, Stairway was canceled at TWO dances, once for "bad behavior" ie running too fast during End of the World, etc. and once because of time constraints. LAN.00.1 became notorious for the frequent cancellations of various canon songs.
Similarly, at Siena, several songs were cut short; an entire-site sit-down led to an extension of the dance and replaying of several songs. This, however, is in the Hall of Fame:LOU, because it happened only once, and the massive protest that it led to.
Security Guard Incident
At Lancaster 2004 Session 1, a male Franklin and Marshall security guard handcuffed a male CTYer and gave the key to two female CTYers nearby, instructing them to "help him out" while he watched. The incident could have been just the joke of a bored campus staff worker, or it could have been a totally creepy sketchy act of pedophilia. Although it will never be known for sure, the RAs asked the girls for their side of the story and a hall meeting announcement was made for CTYers to "avoid talking to any Franklin and Marshall staff".
At Lancaster Session 1 '06, there was a horrible new PDA rule instated where no one was allowed to hold hands. This was immediately followed by several other strict rules, such as no linking arms. Soon, you could get in trouble for just a hug. After a 42-person grass orgy occurred, grass orgies were banned. Everyone was miserable. It escalated to the point where people were bursting into tears and going to the counselors to complain. Many people complained of feeling that they weren't allowed to be affectionate towards friends. Students were getting yelled at for minor transgressions such as hugging, touching each other's hair and, in one case, sitting too close. Through the efforts of Molly Brean, Aliza Alperin-Sheriff and Dana Reback, and after several parents complained, the administration saw the error of their ways and the new PDA rules were repealed. There was much rejoicing and blatant hand-holding all over the quad.
Note: Don't forget the hand-condoms. Rubber gloves were handed out by Caroline, a girl in Molly's hall, as a protest/joke. "Use protection when you hold hands!"
Fourth Thomas Break-ins
Unusually for CTY, the residents of the Fourth Thomas (North Side) hall of Adam Roush were the victims of repeated acts of vandalism. Beginning at the end of the first week, one, then several cell phones disappeared, followed by a lime green ipod Mini. Then, starting on the second weekend, unlocked rooms were entered and detergent, and in one case, soda, was poured on the floors, shoes, and papers. It was during one of these visits that a lanyard was stolen; thankfully, this unfortunate student had a roommate who was able to let him into their room. Other "pranks" included a hard-boiled egg hidden in the bathroom radiator, and a student's deodorant being placed in the microwave for three minutes. This latter incident created a rather unpleasant odor.
After a few residents of the hall noticed that there was a cell phone in the air conditioner of one of the suites, a visit by a tool-armed site director led to the return of the mostly-functional (albeit waterlogged)cell phones and ipod. While the SRA's were touring the hall, one of the showers was obviously on. It was only after they left that it was realized (by Chris Geissler) that no one had come out. He waded into the nearly-overflowing showers, turned them off, and removed to cardboard box and pair of shorts (never claimed) which were blocking the drain. Finally, on the last day, a small quantity of detergent was found in one of the suites, and $170 belonging to one student was ripped into small, later reassembled, pieces. The culprit(s), to the best of this section's author's knowledge, was/were never found.
Fatal Lanyard Swinging
At Lancaster 06.2 during Acting Improv during the game World's Worst (for World's Worst Raver) Marieke Williams entered the center of the circle, swinging her lanyard (jokingly), but hit herself on the forehead with her key, making her bleed. The irony of the situation was not lost on the crowd.
String Raving Ban
In Lancaster 06.2, the night of Second Saturday, the story of the administration banning string raving flew through campus.
Left shoe protests were planned for James Brown Is Dead, because it was planned for playing that night. But then, Rachel (who along with Christ had talent show rehearsals) told Alexa to prepare a trip to the site director, and along with some other students, to ask why it was banned and see if they could work something out. Their reasoning was "because we don't allow lanyard swinging and that is much like it." They simply decided it "wasn't safe." (The site director creatively suggested that the glowsticks reminded her of nunchucks.) Rumors spread that the command had been handed down from Johns Hopkins (a JHU observer had noticed the string raving and had reported it as being "dangerous" to the top officials). They made a compromise, during the designated raving songs (James Brown Is Dead, Everytime We Touch, Heaven, ect.), students would be allowed to rave on the hardtop; however, non-raving students could not set foot in the area. Stupidly enough, James Brown was played while it was still light out. At the next dance, a "raving section" was created for those who wanted to practice before the designated songs. Still, no circles were allowed. The site director mentioned that the new method of "controlling" string raving had been a success and that it will most likely continue. However, since the site director changes every year, no-one knows what will happen next year.
Note: The rules instated at the Lancaster 06.2 session for string raving were not reinstated at the 07.1 Lancaster session.
Note: In years past (2001-2004 at least, perhaps earlier) string-raving was seriously limited. Students were only alowed to string-rave in a roped-off box off to one side of the arches. No doubt, this would have prevented the ban, but it lapsed during a change in admin.
Losing the Duck
Before lunch of the day after the Duck was passed down, Jeff Sachs seemed unable to find the duck in his classroom. He had seemingly lost a part of Lancaster tradition. Looking everywhere, he failed to find the duck (he even looked in the trash can!), and was chastised heavily. During the next class session, however, Jeff found the duck exactly 13 inches from where he was sitting in class, on the overhead projector cart. Jeff was forgiven, but ruthlessly mocked.
The Mantastik 3
The Mantastiks, named for their large muscles and manly-air of going about things, quickly formed into an intimidating group. They would not have been hall-of-shame worthy, had it not been for their actions leading up to the ban on the third floor atlee/dubbs lounge (the best one by far, with the coke and retro designs). They displayed CTYI PDA in the lounges on coutless occasions, even after being told to stop multiple times by Adam. The straw that broke the camel's back was when they took their girls (the asian posse) across from atlee/dubbs 3rd to klien/kunkel 3rd and then getting caught by Frank Wang. Their actions led to an unhappy pack of atlee/dubb-ers who could no longer enjoy the 50's themed lounge and, more importantly, the soda machine.
Within two days, however, all co-ed lounges were closed down. The shutting down of the other co-ed lounges was the fault of a few other un-named persons who were in the Schnader lounge. Also because the lounges were being broken (furniture) and trashed.
There have probably been many halls that have defied and broken the rules of CTY before, but none greater than the residents of Klein 1. The 11 students of Klein 1 paid no regard to the lights out rule (but then again, who did?). Unfortunately, they got caught thumbing their proverbial collective nose. One night, after many warnings and talks about going to bed after lights out, Klein One decided to keep their lights on and talk until the wee hours of morning. Unfortunately, that day, SRA Lucien was patrolling Klein One and what he saw disgusted him. Not one room had their light off and one room even had their door open with the light on. One student was playing obnoxiously loud on his guitar. Lucien was horrified and disgusted at Klein 1's disregard for CTY rules. As punishment, Lucien decided to ban the 11 students from Turkey Hill runs and Monday quad time. They could make up their lost privileges by doing 25 good deeds for the CTY community.
The next couple of weeks were brutal for the "Kleiners." Everywhere they went, they would hold doors open for other students (sometimes for more than an hour in the cafeteria). They picked up trash and litter all around campus and volunteered to help with other peoples' laundry. A week later, Klein 1 gained their Turkey Hill runs and quad time back.
Unfortunately, they did not learn their lesson. Four students of the hall decided to sneak a sleepover in one of their rooms. Stupidly, they left their light on and created tons of noise throughout the hall. Again, Lucien happened to be patrolling and caught the four students. The four students were permanently banned from Turkey Hill and Monday quad time and also had to write a letter of apology.
Things only got worse for the hall. One day during the second week of the session, everyone in the hall except for 2 students completely forgot about their evening study hall session. They arrived to their meeting spot 5 minutes too late and all of them ended up being sent to Thomas. From there, they all got heavily punished by the SRAs and camp director. Their consequences: permanent ban from Turkey Hill and quad time.
Klein One is also responsible for the creation of the hall swear box. The hall had such a severe profanity problem that their RA took away quad time for every profane word said. In the end, almost 30 minutes of quad time were taken off. The hall ended up receiving speeches on why not to use profanity and derogatory slang (due to the excessive use of the word "gay").
There were also many individual cases involving the hall. One involved the drawing of a penis in someone's chem textbook, resulting in a heavy talk with the academic adviser. Another incident occurred the day before the 4th dance, when one student of the hall snuck out of his room to another hall, only to be caught by Lucien again. The student was banned from going to the upcoming dance and put on probation.
At the end of the session, only one student from the hall was fully capable of going to Turkey Hill on the last day.
Banning of Grass Orgies
At the beginning of session two, grass orgies were officially banned. Site Director Brian explained that they were banned due to the possibility of being trampled. The day of arrival, the Last Orgy was held on the Quad between North Ben and Thomas, minutes before the official start of CTY. In the first week, several people decided to try a legal grass orgy in which they lay seperately on the grass in a large area, not touching each other. Frank Wang told them, "Nice job, guys." As CTY continued, students were able to get around the ban, often by forming less structured groups that sat/lay together in clumps. Some staff members cared, others didn't. Alcove students took to forming a large psuedo-orgy outside the cafeteria during lunch periods.
On the last day there were many grass orgies to make up for the ones that had not happened. As of yet we aren't sure if this rule will continue, but it's a terrible stain on CTY and ought to be abolished.
During the last two dances, which were both in the ASFC, the lights were turned on and everyone told to sit against the wall and be quiet. On the first and longer of these instances, a student had fainted and had to be taken to the hospital. The normally healthy students had not been told what had happened, and rumors spread through the crowd as to what it had been. The crowd was sitting for about 15 minutes before the dance continued, and Bizarre Love Triangle was skipped due to time constraint. Following the dance, the Afterdance was cancelled by the staff following an announcement that it would be conducted in the ASFC following American Pie due to an ongoing lightning storm. Amidst the chaos, an impromptu Afterdance was held as students walked back to their dorms (this has continued to be done whenever there is lightning outside on the way back to the dorms). However, because the conductors of each individual song were split following their exit of the ASFC, there ended up being two Afterdances. One was held upon the bridge and the other on the path beneath it.
During the last dance, Bizarre Love Triangle was interrupted by the lights turning on and everyone being told to sit against the wall. All male RAs were then told to go to another basketball court, stand in line, and be visible to their students. All male students then had to report to their RAs for a head check. (It was said later that someone had seen what looked like a male student getting into a car.)
It turned out to be a false alarm.
Not really. An unidentified student who had been sent home due to the flu was extremely upset because he would not get to finish out his nevermore year, and was able to sneak into the ASFC through the efforts of a family member. He hid while the head check was happening. What the RA saw was the family member returning to his car. The student was also able to sneak into his hall's last sleepover, leaving after Passionfruit the next day.
The whole situation sent much panic through the girls, who were not told what was going on; some were scared that their final dance would be cancelled. This only lasted about ten minutes, and BLT was continued afterwards. No other Canon was skipped.
So it all started on the night of Second Sunday, when a certain student decided to have an ISO (Illegal sleepover). However, he had turned his phone off and his parents called multiple times and were unable to reach him. This resulted in them contacting the campus police, as well as CTY. When CTY didn't find the student in his room, Baltimore got involved. The student was found having an ISO in a different room in the hall, and all of the dorms were searched, and a number of ISOs were busted.
The search yielded not only the student being looked for, but unearthed other illegal sleepovers, one plot to sneak out to Waffle House, and four individuals trying to do laundry. Thorough investigation and collaboration with the JHU administration followed. The punishment for all the students varied between the following three: being booted from the entire last dance, missing the last 1.5 hours of the last dance, and missing the last hour of the last dance (although many originally booted from the dance entirely were acquitted and permitted to go to the first hour of the dance). Among these students were the current Jester, Jack Flash, and Satan. Despite pleas on the basis that on any other night, punishments for illegal sleepovers and being out of dorms past lights out for reasons such as laundry would have been far less severe, the punishments were not changed. After parental calls, a representative from Baltimore was sent down but said: "I cannot do anything about your situation; I came to tell you to change your outlook on your situation." Many of the Lancaster students, staff, and admins realized how off the punishments were and did their best to accommodate and make bearing the punishment easier for those punished. This included a makeshift Pie after the Last Wednesday Slideshow, pressuring administrators into easing the punishment (originally supposed to be complete isolation, taking away all communications devices, and denying permission to talk), allowing for changes in the Last Dance playlist to better accommodate those being punished, coming to talk for moral support, etc.
Accommodations were also made for missing American Pie roles as the respective position holders were punished:
Empty Jester's attire was held up during the parts corresponding to the Jester, the King threw down his thorny crown when there was no Jester to steal it, all glowstringers were Jack Flash, Satan(...?).
Partly out of remorse for the catastrophe his actions had caused, the aforementioned certain student organized a (small) American Pie out in front of Thomas Hall for those who were being barred from attending the dance. Initially, the Jester and other positions didn't participate, but they eventually joined in as the rest of the camp started coming back from the dance. This emotionally charged make-up dance eventually led to a similar event the next year.
Moral of the story: Don't do your laundry.
Final Afterdance Chant:
CTY HAS NICE QUADS
CTY WE LOVE YOU
CTY DO YOUR LAUNDRY
During Session 2 of the 2013 year, a student was taking too long in the shower (two showers were expected to support 16 students). After being told to hurry up, the student still refused to leave. Eventually, in an attempt to scare the student out of the shower, two students, one after the other, urinated on the floor, about two feet away from his feet. The incident involving the student kicking the door the wrong way was during the same shower, however, it was unrelated. No RA was present, though he was required to crawl under the door into the stall in order to fix the door after the incident was over. Both students who urinated were kicked out of camp two days later. In protest of this and the unrelated boob tag incident, a 315 person protest grass orgy was held in front of Thomas on Wednesday morning after breakfast.
Jon Hoh Disaster Dance
For the second Friday dance of 14.1, RA Jon Hoh and RA John Wolfe were assigned the job of DJ. Many mistakes were soon made, all of which have been attributed by the campers to Jon Hoh.
First, before the dance began, RA Vivian Feldblyum discovered that "DJ Jon John" had barely put any canon on the playlist, which she quickly fixed. Many students also noticed that the general quality of the music was not nearly as good as usual. The most obvious change made by Jon Hoh was that, of the two usual rave songs (James Brown Is Dead and Sandstorm), he picked neither of them: he played some dubstep remix of Old McDonald Had A Farm.
The final straw of the Jon Hoh Disaster Dance was when Jon Hoh almost played High Holy Canon in the wrong order, before RA Viv once again swooped in and saved the day.
Losing of the Duck
During the second Friday dance the current duckholder, Samantha Pancoe, lost the duck. Much panic ensued and many adults were contacted to help. Eventually after an identical duck was passed down at the Passing of the Duck and about 40 flyers were posted around campus the OG duck was found in Sam Pancoe's backpack.
RA Fired for Misogynistic Remarks
On the morning of the last Wednesday, while waiting for a missing student in order to proceed to class, the Dean of Residential Life pulled aside the residents in an RA's (whose name is withheld for privacy) hall to inform them that their RA could not stay for the rest of the session. Although the reason for it was not mentioned, the reasoning below is widely accepted as the catalyst.
During a hall meeting the week before, an announcement had been made concerning misogynistic jokes being made on campus, telling everyone not to make these jokes and to call out anyone who was. The RA chose this very ironic time to thrust his hips while saying "I respect women". About a week later, word of the joke got out of the hall and a few people got justifiably upset. After corroborating the story with someone from The Hall TM, the RA disappeared, ending up with the DRL's talk with the students the following morning. Even though it seemed evident that he didn't really mean what he was saying, the joke was certainly in poor taste and was extremely badly (and ironically) timed.
It was worth noting that as chill as the RA may have been, he was not considered to be a very good RA. He failed to post activities many times and, most notably, didn't turn in activities for the final two days of activities, resulting in nomores being excluded from their final Acting Improv, Watch Asher Flail Like an Idiot, and Starcrash.
As one of the students involved in his firing was a girl, the DRL called her parents to inform them of a possible sexual harassment issue that had been solved. She was also brought into the office as proof of his firing and was promptly flipped off and mildly threatened.
He also posted a video on Snapchat about 48 hours after leaving of himself smoking marijuana and driving at absurd speeds on the highway as he left CTY.
Furniture Incident + The Bible Study
On the third Monday of cty, after quad time, the members of one of the halls decided to move all the furniture in the suites in their hall as well as some chairs from one of the lounges into three different suites. It was the RA's day off as well as the SRA's day off on that Monday. With the help of two other ctyers from different halls, the furniture was divided into three suites. One suite contained the painting that was stolen at shenanigans as well as all the couches and comfy chairs from all of the suites in the hall, another contained all the rolly chairs from one of the lounges and the other suites in the hall, and the last room which was the bathroom contained 3 tables and two chairs.
It's important to note that the admin was actually in the Thomas dorm during this time. This hall also had 35 points in the hall cup (legit they purposefully tried to lose points. One kid realized that the hall hadn't been locked out yet so they threw their keys under the door and called for the ra).
However, the chaos doesn't stop there. While one of the ra's on the other floors came down to check on the students, one of the students entered the bathroom. (after lights out I might add) As the student the entered, the ra proceeds to look inside to see about 3/4 of the hall linking hands and brushing their teeth while one student read the Bible (The Bible was put in by one of the other students who helped with furniture moving).
The next day, the Dean of Resident Living came to talk to them about the incident. All furniture was moved back before she came and no punishment was handed out.