| Notice: As the site cancellations continue, Lancaster has been confirmed as defunct for 2024. The current Lancastrians are working hard to preserve and pass on Lancastrian tradition this summer, albeit at Carlisle. Carlislian tradition is also at risk of dying out, and the Lancastrians are very keen to bolster Carlisle’s tradition as well as preserving their own.
If you are interested in the Lancastrians' mission and/or want to get involved, a discord server made by Lancaster's position holders from session 1 and session 2 is linked here and open for you to join.
A student position is a role or title held by a CTYer during a CTY session (and often the year leading up to it). Positions are often held by nomores, and they are usually passed on to onemores at the end of each session. Most student positions are site-specific, and some are even session-specific—even those nominally shared between sites, such as the Passionfruit Emperor, tend to be interpreted differently by the different sites.
Positions are student-maintained traditions, although site administrators sometimes take it upon themselves to impose changes or restrictions, e.g., the renaming of Jesus to The Muse at Lancaster second session in 2012.
- 1 History and purpose
- 2 Creating new positions
- 3 List of positions by site and session
History and purpose
The oldest student positions—including Lancaster second session's Duck, the oldest position at any site—arose as a result of a nomore passing down some item to a younger, still-eligible student, in order to fill some role (say, the part of the Jester when acting out American Pie), or to keep the spirit of something alive the following year (say, a love of Monty Python). Over time, the passing down of these items has become more established, and some of these physical objects (or relics) and their associated roles have become part of the fabric of tradition at their home sites.
Modern student positions, which include both these older mainstays as well as newly-conceived roles, are very diverse in nature, but most still carry a role or vague set of responsibilities for the holder, as well as a physical relic. Lancaster's Jester, for instance, has (and wears) its relics of a jester hat and coat, and continues to act out the part in American Pie at each Dance.
Over time, these positions and relics have accumulated substantial renown, with the oldest ones typically held in the highest regard. Positions are almost always handed down by their holder at the end of session, most frequently during a Passionfruit speech, to a student returning the next year (though there are some exceptions, like the Emperor for Lancaster second session, which is determined during each session). Receiving a position is felt by many to be both a privilege and an honor. Nowadays, positions, especially the older ones, are typically passed to students who are leaders on campus or respected by the community, and who help to preserve tradition or to embody some other important aspect of CTY and its culture. The extent to which holding a position entails responsibility and leadership has increased tremendously since the earliest positions were—perhaps unwittingly—introduced.
Student positions generally have some associated responsibility or role, and are typically distinct from other relics which do not have a particular purpose (though they may be strongly symbolic).
Creating new positions
Positions are, for the most part, very loosely defined things, and how real they are is a function of how much the student body acknowledges and respects them. The respect accorded to a position usually corresponds to how old that position is. The Lancaster second session Holder of the Duck, the most highly regarded position, has been around since the early 90s.
There is no official process for the creation of new positions, and it could be argued that "creating a new position" is an inherently flawed notion. Any student has the power to give a title and/or item to a willing recipient at the Passionfruit or outside of it, and declare that thing to be a position, regardless of others' approval. It is considered customary to obtain the blessing of recent position-holders, especially those of the more older and more esteemed positions (the Trinity, Pentinity, and Jester going back two years prior to the creation of the new position). However, the true test of whether a position has legitimacy is whether it gains the respect of the students and withstands the test of time.
Conventional wisdom might dictate that a new student position be created only with the support of a large group of students, or perhaps to fill a missing role recognized by the current holders of the oldest positions, but this wisdom is often disregarded. Due to the ease of creating new positions, as well as an overabundance of shameless egotism, many new ones spring up each year, most of which are ultimately lost. Some, but likely not all, of these defunct positions are documented alongside the surviving ones.
List of positions by site and session
Lancaster, as one of the most tradition heavy sites, has the most positions of any site (and the greatest desire among its studentry to hold positions, which produces a great deal of shameless egotism). The two Lancaster sessions have some of the same positions, but each have several distinct to that session; the Jester, Quotebook, Blammo Gods, and Documentator are shared between sessions.
Over time, both sessions at Lancaster have converged upon a trio of positions known as the Holy Trinity, with that of first session modeled after second session's older instantiation (which has, in turn, become the Pentinity). The members of the Trinity hold some of the most well-respected positions for their session.
Trinity (Session 1)
- See also: Trinity (Session 1).
While the Jester is not part of first session's Trinity, it is the oldest first session position, established in 1997, and predates second session's Jester. The first session Trinity also serves as its Passionfruit Emperors and Empresses, whereas second session's Emperor and Empress are separate.
|Position||Year est.||Current holder|
|Holy Ghost||2007||Zoe Hohlfeld|
The relics of first session's Trinity are all Turkey Hill mugs, or grails.
Other first session positions
Here is a list of all current first session position holders.
|Jester||1997||Jester hat, plaid jacket||Leads AI; is an outstanding, humorous person; plays the Jester in American Pie|
|Blammo God||2007||Stuffed yellow spoon (a.k.a., Gregory)||organizes Blammo games|
|Jack Flash||2008||Glowsticking chains||organizes glowstickers; plays Jack Flash in American Pie, leads Mr. Brightside|
|Quotebook||2008||Leatherbound notebook||documents notable quotes|
|Lanyard Stack||2009||Old lanyards and name cards||collects lanyards for posterity|
|Secret Keeper||2010||notebook||aids taxing positions (e.g. Jack Flash)|
|Documentator||2014||camera strap||photographs and documents happenings|
Pentinity (Session 2)
The Lancaster second session Pentinity includes the two oldest student positions, the Holder of the Duck and the Jester (though the latter was borrowed from first session). As of 22.2, the Duct Tape Suit Wearer was removed from the Pentinity, mostly because the suit has been lost for several years.
|Position||Year est.||Relic||Current holder|
|Holder of the Duck||1991||The Duck||Annie Ehrlich|
|Muse, formerly Jesus||1999||Duct-taped pool noodle and duct tape staff||Alyssa Kristjanson|
|Fiend, formerly Satan||2004||Duct-tape unicorn staff||Austin Kipp|
|Jester||2001||Jester hat and coat, kaleidoscope staff||Serena Diamond|
Other second session positions
|Emperor||< 1998||none||leads the Passionfruit; appointed mid-session|
|Blammo God||< 2005||Peter the Dinospoon and the Book of Notes||organizes Blammo games|
|Caution Tape Cape Wearer||2004||Caution Tape Cape||held by a twomore (usually) who proceeds without caution|
|Documentator||2007||none||takes pictures; takes more pictures; takes more pictures|
|Duct Tape Dress Wearer||2007||Duct tape dress||is an awesome person, leads love tape day|
|Squirrel of the Year||2007||Stuffed edamame (formerly For Squirrels CD)||elects next Squirrel of the Year|
|Quotebook||2008||A quotebook||writes funny stuff down|
|Kiwi Backpack||2010||Navy backpack||is a friend|
As the original site of the Passionfruit, Carlisle also originates the position of the Passionfruit Emperor. The Emperors and/or Empresses at Carlisle are the primary student leaders, and the only major student position (although there are others). It is shared by both sessions.
|Emperor||Crown||leads the Passionfruit(along with the Empress); appointed at the last Passionfruit|
|Empress||Tiara||leads the Passionfruit (along with the Emperor); appointed at the last Passionfruit|
|Poetry Goddess||Fuzzy tiara and wand||leads Poetry Night; appointed at the last Poetry Night|
|Jesus||spreads tradition; appointed at the Last Supper|
|Mad Monarch||Handmade glowstick crown||promotes raving; appointed before Sandstorm at the last dance|
|Emperor||Handmade duct-tape crown||leads the Passionfruit(along with the Empress); appointed at the last Passionfruit|
|Empress||Handmade duct-tape crown||leads the Passionfruit (along with the Emperor); appointed at the last Passionfruit|
|Poetry Goddess||Handmade duct-tape laurels||leads Poetry Night; appointed at the last Poetry Night|
|Court Jester||Jester hat & My Immortal Binder||leads My Immortal readings; appointed at the last reading|
|Rave King||Handmade duct-tape crown||promotes raving; in recent years has lead talent show rave acts; appointed at the rave act of the final dance|
Though Skidmore boasts fewer student positions they are still very important to the logistical functioning of the camp. Besides each position having unique places in the Passionfruit circle, they all serve to better the campers experience by creating an atmosphere of unbounded inclusivity, absolute freedom, and eternal love.
|Emperor||leads the Passionfruit(along with the Empress); appointed at the last Passionfruit, relic is a crown|
|Empress||leads the Passionfruit (along with the Emperor); appointed at the last Passionfruit, relic is a crown|
|Second Emperor||vital role that serves alongside the Emperor, the only main difference being his place in the Passionfruit circle.|
|Second Empress||vital role that serves alongside the Empress, the only main difference being her place in the Passionfruit circle.|
Other Session 1 Positions
Other Session 2 Positions
|Blammo God/Goddess||Conducts the legendary Blammo game. The relic is a giant spoon.|
|Rave God||Provides glowsticks, and teaches.|
|The Doctor||Builds the TARDIS for Uber Expressive Nerd/Fandom Day. The relic is a supersonic screwdriver|
|Trap Lord||Helps and manages the TAPS student team for the staff v. student games. Relic is a "Sword".|