- 1 2006.1
- 2 2008
- 3 2008.2
- 4 2010.1
- 5 2010.2
- 6 2011.1
- 7 2011.2
- 8 2012.2
- 9 2015.2
- 10 2016.2
- 11 2017.1
- 12 2018.1
- 13 2018.2
During JHU-1-06 the Genomics class dressed up for the first ever Pirate Day. Attire consisted of eyeliner beards and mustaches (or just eye liner for a more rugged look), eye patches, cardboard and duct taped swords, head bands, and striped, red, black, white, and/or torn clothing. Members consisted of full fledged pirates, firates (female pirates), wenches, and ienches (it wenches - no gender). Honorary titles consisted of Ienchmaster, captain, Dread Pirate Amandark and murse. The genomics class pirated Tracey's hall, parts of the biology class, a TA (Nick) and an instructor (Tom). Sword fights were common during pirate day and usually resulted in missing arms, legs, and fingers. Such duels often resembled parts of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. During the meet and greet the pirates gave "pillage grams" which consisted of whacking CTYers with cardboard swords, declaring that their village had been pillaged, and giving them the opportuntity to direct the pirates to their next victims. Such victems were bubblicious, and Andy the RA who was pillaged by an umbrella-turned-sword. After receiving his pillagegram, Andy threated bodily harm on whoever was the leader of said pirate ship (known as the S.S. Eternally Damned). Said leader (Aman Daray) hid from Andy for the rest of the evening.
Siena Session 1 2006 also featured a pirate day, in the form of pirate versus ninja day, on the first friday of the session. This day featured many people dressed up in the all important character attire but not much actually competition between the two groups as the "vs" suggests.
-Edit: At Saratoga, 2006 S.2, Pirates vs. Ninja vs. Cavemen was a daily during the second week where everyone beat each other with paper swords and clubs on South Park Lawn. Then we attacked the Chillaxin' daily.
-Edit: Carlisle Session 2 had both Pirate and Ninja activities one day, at the end of which they fought each other
Ninjas and Cavemen
There were a number of activities in both Sessions 1 and 2 which basically involved the same thing--running around and causing chaos. These would take the form of Ninja activities in which people would make newspaper swords, then go around to disrupt various activities, whack people with their swords, and sneak up on unsuspecting groups (e.g. CTYers returning from the Bookstore). The other variant was the Cavemen activity type--people would make newspaper clubs, and do the same thing that the ninjas did. Both variants would often seriously irk the victims, who would often fight back by taunting the cavemen/ninjas and destroying the paper swords/clubs. Both of these activities were started and led by RAs Albert Hsu and Shaun, who only stayed for Session 1. However, in Session 2, Albert Hsu made at least one surprise appearance to lead the Ninjas/Cavemen.
The Genomics class was quite skilled, in general, at Ultimate Frisbee. The two co-instructors first held a mini-math with the Math Logic class and won, then decided to hold an all-site tournament organized by class. This tournament took place during two activity periods one day towards the latter half of the session. Matches were held throughout the Gentle Slope and surrounding areas. Ultimately, the Engineering class won, and the Genomics class got second place. However, before the tournament could finish, a thunderstorm arrived, and everyone except the Genomics class left before lightning actually appeared.
The last week of CTY was very rainy. There were mini-rivers and floods everywhere. Puddles had to be run through to return to class. Classes were trapped in buildings for up to 30 minutes before thunder and lightning let up. The Math Logic class, one of the furthest-located from the AMR buildings, was probably hit the worst.
The Wolfpack was a group made up of the students of Politics in the Middle East. While they were a relatively minor influence on campus they did provide an endless thorn in the side for Kisa. They were given at least six stern talking-tos by her, and, even when banished to a dungeon-like classroom, they never lost their pack pride nor their zeal for life.
Worst Activity Ever
The Worst Activity Ever for this session was led by several RA's at once. The activity consisted of one hundred bright orange beads spread over the Beach, and the 50 unfortunate CTY students that signed up for the activity hopelessly crawling about, attempting to find the beads in the grass. At the end of the period, only fifty beads out of the original hundred were found. It should be noted that being one of the students to actually find a bead in the sea of grass became a huge accomplishment and sparked both inspiration and jealousy in the finder's comrades.
The Tribals/The Tribe
The Tribals were a super-exclusive group of Nevermores and one-mores at JHU 10.1. They were given their name by The Hall after the female members painted themselves at an activity, making themselves look like a Native American tribe. The Tribals were best known for holding bizarre circle dances/cult rituals at meet market, raving at dances and the talent show, and hooking up with each other at all of the dances/meet markets.
The popular RA Bradley, well liked by all, did a performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" at the Talent Show. He received a standing ovation and was the most talked about performance. In his short shorts and t-shirt, he was better than his other 8 co-dancers. At the last dance he performed it one more time. RA Bradley also taught the Salsa class.
The LAWPsters of 10.2 all dressed up for drag day, and guys wore make -up, miniskirts, and girls looked so G they were almost H. GOOD times. Pics can be seen here-->http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=484630&fbid=1249520496603&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=100000142530312&id=1787195093 http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=484630&fbid=1249520496603&op=2&o=global&view=global&subj=100000142530312&id=1787195093#!/photo.php?pid=376497&fbid=145164388835860&op=3&o=global&view=global&subj=100000142530312&id=100000268998573
Lester's Worst Activity Ever
RA Lester was selected to run the Worst Activity Ever during the second week. Many CTYers skipped the very popular "Money Cutting" activity for this, assuming it would be something good. It wasn't. Lester verbally abused everyone and forced innocent children into hard labor (Cutting money without compensation). When Junno Tseng criticized Lester's Communist regime, he was sent to Sidewalk Chalk and forced to write out campaign ads for Lester's run for Prom King. Squirrels Matthew Ribel and Ryan Muggleton tried to unionize the laborers and were threatened to be taken out of American Pie at the next dance. Many campers horribly mutilated the Casino Night Money in order to fight back. Lester's iron will was never exhausted.
Michael Hwang Rapping
For the talent show, Michael had been rapping 'I'm No Good.' He forgot the words, and he tried to remember them. Being unsuccessful, I'm assuming that he realized how much he embarrassed himself, and proceeded to embarrass himself even more by dropping the (unexpected) f-bomb on stage and getting in trouble for it.
Antonio Song's Megaphone Scream
During the talent show as well, Antonio Song and Hojun Kim performed "Don't trust Me" by 3OH!3. The song was so poorly practiced in the first place, so the performace was horrible. In the middle of the performance, Antonio attempted to revive the performance and decided to run to the front of the stage and to snatch up the all-powerful JHU megaphone from right in front of the DRL. He then proceeded to sing the rest of the song using the megaphone. At one point, he tried to put the megaphone up to the microphone for some really distorted, absolutely ridiculous but amazing sounds. His crazy antics had the whole crowd roaring with laughter, as well as the MCs backstage. Later on, this act was found out to be an improvisation right before the song started.
Known as the hall with awkward 12 year olds (the hall often seen wearing mismatched shoes/socks to dances, geisha robes, and the whole shebang) and three 15 year old girls, by the names of of Rita Guo, Angel Zhou , and Anisha Reddy, liked to harrass the 12 year olds by smanging it very often.
This shit was sad and Addison's hall didn't approve, remember, only you can prevent forrest fires.
For the talent show Angel's Hall performed "Hey Soul Sister" The hall showed unity and were asked to perform at closings.\
By the end of term this unruly hall had 3 students sent home and another 3 put on probation, with an additional student suspected of being insane. The hall was often on fire. Addison's Hall often was heard telling SRA Molly and a group of four CTY girls that they were rainbows. The girls, not to be taken as any kind of racial slur, but rather as an acknowledgement of race, were called the two yellow, one brown and one white rainbows. SRA Molly was also a white rainbow. Or heard talking to each other about white toothbrushes or travel sized axe bottles. During hall time every evening, they could always be found doing wall-sits, rolling on the floor laughing about white things, do-do brown things, white toothbrushes, getting people from behind, or hunching over. sometimes they would be doing wall sits as they laughed. Almost every time Molly entered the hall, there would be someone with their pants off (as though they knew she would be arriving). They often entered eachother's rooms yelling "did I just hear someone say "pants-off dance-off"?" especially while hallmates were on the phone with parents. When anyone who was not on the hall entered the hall, they were bewildered, and soon left. After the first dance they stole dinosaur decorations, and after the second dance they stole an advertisement for a gentleman's club. These were all posted proudly on the hall. The residents will never forget Betz's smartphone. His phone had seven -yes SEVEN- Apps and to add to this it was a flip phone -with hinges- and resembled a computer more than an iPhone.
The most notorious pants off dance off took place on the last night. Molly walked into the hall when nevermore Karl Heinlein and nomore Anonymous were eating chinese food. Molly then requested both students to put pants on, much to the disgust of the aforementioned students
Remember, Molly would be a rainbow, but she's white!
RA Addison has had a bad history with his hall. At JHU 10.1 both students that were kicked out during his session were from his hall. Yikes.
There were an unusually large amount of couples. 'Nuff said.
2 girls invented something called "YOLO running" this being running down the hall in a towel and nothing but a towel after showering and yelling "YOLOOOO" at the top of their lungs. After the 2nd dance, girls in Nia's hall ordered 90 BBQ wings. To their disappointment, they couldn't finish it so they stored it in the community refrigerator that night, then found most of their wings to be gone 2 days later. Note: this happened again after the last dance, except the girls only ordered 45 wings and could barely finish them due to excessive amounts of crying.
Nia told her girls about biking down the highway in the dark without reflective clothing on day 1 and ever since, her girls have been teasing her nonstop about it.
Becca's Hall had stayed up past 10.30pm (which was lights out) on the last week on Tuesday and the site director there had to punish them by sending them to sleep at 10.15 the next night. But when the next night came, by 10.15pm, the girls had only started their hall meeting and their SPE's and got in trouble with the SRA. Having "disobeyed" rules again, Becca's girls were punished once again. This time, their punishment were to miss the first 30 mins of the last dance and of which Becca's girls had to go into the reading room and have small talk with the site director. Inside, they received a 30min lecture on 'foresight'. Let's just say Becca's girls had a 'great' time during those 30 minutes. To Becca's girls (Alehka Kolli, Jacque Li, Rachel Tseng, Helen Shen, Emily Roberts, Junie Wu, Michelle Wu, Woodi Woodland, Candace Cho, Maya Lamson, Jillian Chen & Dana He): Got Foresight? NOT YET.
Becca was nicknamed Bacon/Bagel/Bex by her girls, which then led to the girls being called "Bacon Bits." They also used sign language of "bacon bits" as their calling. To add, Becca's girls made a remix of "What Makes You Beautiful" and used it as their count-off with each girl having a syllable each. "BEH-CA YOU LIGHT UP OUR HALL LIKE NO-BAAAAHHHHHH-DEE ELSE." (with the "BAAAAHHH" exaggerated by CTYer Rachel Tseng).
Becca became best friends with RA's Jon Tam and Peter Yang, and the trio was nicknamed "PB&J" by her girls.
There was this one day where rain came and left all CTYers gloomy. The "flash flood" was so crazy that all the CTYers were so soaked they looked like they had just come out of a pool. And with such heavy rain, study hall that night was cancelled, much to each CTYers delight. But their happy bubble was soon popped when they were told that the 2 hours they missed were to be made up by skipping Daily's on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. O, it was a gloomy day.
For the first time, the CTY talent show was cancelled due to a lack of participants. It was instead replaced by Ultimate Kickback Day. All students were excited for this until it actually happened and students realized that if they wanted to hang out with the opposite gender, the only place was outside in the scorching sun, and so, no bonding happened.
Pomp and Circumstance
In 2015.2, a person who wishes to remain anonymous made up a song to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance":
Go suck some d*cks Andrew Nobody likes you If you try to download I'll murder your mom
The thing that the so-called "Andrew" was trying to download was the Java Applet thing
It has become notorious for its catchiness and its CTYIness.
DANDANDANDANDANDAN He's an awesome RA who gets annoyed by two boys in my class. This ends up pissing off pretty much everyone in the class also.
It's actually pretty campy.
IT'S A DIAMOND!
So there was this one time when we were having a game show activity, and the question involved degrees and a diamond. Our hall decided that it would be a good idea to shout out the wrong answer (390). Afterwards, a voice sounded "No, its 360. It's a diamond. There are four right angles." Said the girl in front of us, with strong intent and intensity; it was like we offended her religion.
One thing lead to another, and we used Jacob's star tape to make a shrine to it. Soon afterwards, Helio wrote this prayer to the diamond (based off the Monolith prayer in Call of Prypiyat):
We thank you oh Diamond for revealing the gospel of 360 degrees. May your 90 degree angles shine down upon the souls of the the brave warriors who gave their lives in service to your will. Onwards warriors of the diamond, avenge your fallen brothers, blessed as they are in their eternal union with the diamond. Bring death upon those who spurned the wrath of the diamond. Oh diamond, we do not hear you, why have you left us, oh diamond? We await your orders, OH DIAMOND.
Final Dance takes place on the Gentle Slope
Final Dance was announced to take place on the gentle slope (with the glass house being used for something else). This would probably be one of the only few times where combat boots would be appropriate at a Dance.
Edit: Turns out that the dance took place in the bricked area (with the grassy area being fenced off). It kinda ended up like a social with music instead.
RA Drama of Session 1
Three RA's (who will remain unclassified) were fired to apparently having come onto campus drunk and having intercourse in a student's bedroom. While the members of the hall's of the RA's were requested to stay silent about the situation, some sources have leaked this info.
Lack of Tradition In Dances
This session was full of newbies and first time RA's who had no clue about CTY tradition, even with the recurrence of the JHU Traditions Committee, which was mainly spent arguing about dances. Dances were trash due to some Spanish student DJ not understanding what canons were and horrible EDM. NO RAVES this year, and during Darudo Sandstorm there was not one rave (not one!) and instead students ended up jumping around and looked confused whenever it played. Stairway to Heaven was full of confusion because no one slow danced and instead thought it was time to get into the huge circle for American Pie. Forever Young was played except no one knew it was a slow dance song (thanks newbies)
The hilarious (but RA offensive) Kevin Mau performed a standup comedy act which had all CTYers roaring in laughter as RA's clicked their toungues which led to Kevin Mau getting in a s**t ton of trouble. The ever popular PHIL (praise him) and the rest of his TA boy band performed "Never going to give you up" which involved a lot of cringey dabbing and Backstreet Boy inspired dance moves.
Some notable activities included cloudwatching, History with Mike (led by SRA Mike who used to be at Easton), Capture the Flag and Pilates. A noticable amount of actual athletic and working out activities this session, such as Military Boot Camp and Metabolic Breakdown. Many activites though were trash and normal CTY traditional activities were not included. Weekend activities included Casino Night, Movie Night, the Amazing Race, CTY Carnival (which had karaoke that led to many interesting acts) and the Hunger Games.
Session One had to deal with many other camps taking place on campus, such as STX Girls (lacrosse chicks) in the first week who usually starved themselves with plates of fruit and pasta, and would always come into the cafeteria in preppy shirts and short shorts. Huge lines the entire session. Along with CTY, the Envision Camp, Engineering, and some random leadership camp would lead to the cafeteria always having huge lines and impolite people. Ms Jackson made a return this year but instead as a busgirl, many returning CTYers enjoyed her presence. The last and final week was the LAX boys, who actually really only took to-go boxes which made it easier to find tables. (no takeout was allowed this year as well)
There was the impossible dance where you had to move your arms in synchronization with your hips, which had many RA's and campers struggle and look as if they were humping someone in midair. Lots of dabs and whips, due to the huge surge of arising 8th graders.
RA Opening Skits
Many funny opening ceremony skits, such as What Would Beyonce Do (she wouldn't swing her lanyard), Don't Step On the Chains!, and don't take an Uber off campus. There wasn't many couples this year though, so PDA was not a huge problem.
Huge success leading to most of the camp participating. Many boys wearing skirts and girls wearing backwards caps (was popping babygirl). Some girls got in trouble for catcalling boys but overall a fun day.
During the first week of the session, the Neuroscience class went to the bookstore with their TA. There, they all pitched in a couple dollars to buy a giant neuron. It was carried around by the class for the remainder of the session.
When it was nearing the end of the session, the classmates tried to figure out who would take the giant neuron home. After much debate, the youngest person took the neuron home, saying they would bring it back next year.
During the first week of the session, there was an activity called Mafia. One of the games was narrated by Katherine Feng. Notable deaths include:
- A player being really excited about it being a Saturday and running through the door, except she forgot the door was there, so she slammed head-first into it and died.
- A player falling through a hole in the couch, landing on her butt really hard, and dying a few hours later.
On the second Tuesday of the session, Mafia came back. While the RAs sat on the billiard table playing cards, CTYers took part in any one of three games of Mafia.
One of them had a terrible narrator who didn't know how to play the game and insulted players. He wasn't aware that the Mafia had to agree on one person, so the chosen players had to play rock-paper-scissors to see who would die. Many people quit and the game eventually fell apart, with people migrating toward the Foosball and air hockey tables.
The Princess of the Blood was narrating another game of Mafia right next to them. There were many memorable deaths, most involving skittles and/or celery. These include:
- Two players go into a restaurant. The waiters fashion a celery knife (the other players were assured that it was very sharp) and stab a player with it. The other contents themselves with a healthy, balanced meal of skittles and celery.
- A player visits a skittles factory and is speared on a unicorn's horn
- A player flies off a corkscrew-y roller coaster that had been sabotaged... with two-day-old celery. ("Someone has SABOTAGED you! ... You fly off the roller coaster on a celery-fueled flight! ... You die")
- And one fairly uneventful but still entertaining death: "I COME DOWN FROM THE SKY AND KILL YOU" - The Narrator
Some of the townspeople were quite... active in their sleep. ("Stop sleep-poking or sleep-tickling, or whatever the hell you're doing to each other!" - The Narrator)
On one occasion, the two Mafia couldn't agree on who to kill, so the Narrator yelled at them to make up their minds or she would kill one of them.
The next game was narrated by the same person. While it was never finished, it was also quite weird. Notable deaths include:
- Two players making a very, very big peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was specified that it was the size of Arkansas. They walked on it and fell through the cracks in the bread. They kept falling through the peanut butter and drowned in the jelly.
RA Alexis and RA Kimery lead an activity, Social Dancing, on the last Wednesday of the session. The group walked to the gym and sat in a corner there. RA Alexis asked if the CTYers wanted to have Spontaneous Naptime or learn how to swing dance. Unsurprisingly, Spontaneous Napping won, and the activity was unofficially renamed to "Spontaneous Napping / Pink Floyd Appreciation." Alexis started loudly playing Pink Floyd music, making the gym floor vibrate. The 13 CTYers and 2 RAs talked about their classes for the upcoming school year, which RAs to handcuff together at the dance, which songs would be played at the dance, past CTY sessions, and other random stuff. Overall the activity was not at all what anyone expected it to be.
Amelia Orwant, widely known for her amazing raving skills, unofficially lead a Glowsticking 101 activity with her sister Penny. It was officially lead by RA Alexis, because apparently we need supervision. The first day especially, there was a lot of pain-related screaming from glow sticks hitting people in sometimes awkward places. Lots of profanity was yelled. Amelia showed some girls the bruises on her arms to prove to them that she accidentally hit herself too.
By the end of the activity, a few people from other camps had been accidentally hit by flying glow sticks. RA Alexis sort of learned how to rave, and the author of this section is very happy about that. Various RAs also tried to learn to rave and were successful. By the time the activity had ended, most of the participants knew how to do a decent two-beat and some knew how to do a three-beat. Amelia encouraged a few CTYers to be in the raving circle at the last dance because of their skills.
At the last dance, Amelia gave everyone in the activity glow sticks and for once there was more than two ravers in the circle. A few people practiced their raving off to the side, so there was almost always at least one person making a light show regardless of what song was playing.