User:Jeff Sachs

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Hi, I'm Jeff Sachs. I'm currently studying Theatre and Psychology at Northwestern University with a certificate in Theatre for Young Audiences

In the summers of 2010 and 2011 I was an RA at CTY Lancaster. I (often with Zev Hurwich) ran activities such as "Indiana Jeff and the Temple of Zev," "Jeffy Potter and the Prisoner of Zevkaban," and "Zev Wars: The Empire Strikes Jeff." I also originated the "Quad Time Rap" that has traditionally ended quad time since. After two years of extremely successful RAing I was not rehired by JHU probably due to the fact that in many conflicts between the administration I sought to serve as a voice of reason and facilitate open discussion between Stu Gluck and the students of Lancaster. But Stu Gluck wants his employees to be faithful lapdogs who will not question his iron hold upon his fiefdom at Lancaster.

In the summer of 2012, I was hired as an RHL (equivalent of SRA) at Duke TIP, an alternative to CTY run by Duke University.

If I could give one piece of advice to current CTYers, it would be to rebel against an administration that has lost touch with what its students want and the core values that have made CTY such a great program. And to get your parents to complain. Complain loudly.


Baby CTY

Real CTY

Organizations, Societies, Claims to fame, etc.

  • Proud member of First Dietz
  • Alcovian
  • First holder of the Hammertime
  • 2nd holder of the 16 Ton Weight of Monty Python Madness, or Head Monk
  • Blu-J's (CAR.1.06)
  • Introduced "C is for Cookie" into the afterdance in 06.2
  • 07.2 Bearer of the Duck, the last Duck Bearer to be older than the duck (by less than a month!) (Of course, this is counting its birth as date of purchase, not date of production)
  • Can unhook minds with his bra
  • Shaved chest for 2nd Saturday LAN.06.2
  • First shaman of the Island Coconut Chicken

A few words from Mr. Sachs

Please put all notes to me on my discussion page.

Passionfruit '06

Paraphrased from his memory.

The Hokey Pokey is a part of the afterdance. And many CTYers and I never really understood why. However, last night, during the Hokey Pokey, I realized exactly why it's there. The Hokey Pokey is a parable of CTY. Look at the lyrics. "You put your whole self in" and then "you put your whole self out" after you repeat this a couple time you take yourself out a final time and then, "you shake it all about." At home, you remember how much you need CTY, and "you do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around," and you realize:
CTY, "that's what it's all about."

I think Sean Zimmerman said it best in his Passionfruit speech today:
"And then I came here."
Because that's what CTY is. It's a highly significant turning point in one's life. You're never the same going out as you were going in and that's what's so great about it.

Now, to something a little sadder. I would like to have one last Tunak, with my good friend, Christian Burnette.
Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Da Da Da
Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Da Da Da
Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Da Da Da
Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Tunak Tunak Tun, Da Da Da

(We all know what happened then...)

I love CTY, and I love the Passionfruit.

Duck Speech '07

(Insert legend and names of past duck-holders here)

2007-2008: Wouldn't you like to know?

Before I announce this, I must discuss The Legend. Particularly, the word "Duckworthy." This has been interpreted as meaning "knowledgeable about traditions," which is appropriate. Because traditions are like a duck. At the core, it's just a duck, which is pretty cool. But when you add a hound sooth hat, now it's awesome.

But it's important to note that one could never replace the hound sooth hat with something like a rainbow afro wig. For one, the hat is sewed on very tight by about 50 stitches. And more importantly, if the person who put that hat on the duck came back to find it missing, he would feel personally offended.

Every person changes the duck of CTY traditions in their own special way. And it's important that people only add to this duck, not remove.

So although I'm passing this duck and physically leaving, I'll never really leave CTY.

As long as "Tunak Tunak Tun" is canon, I'll still be here.

As long as "C is for Cookie" is still in the afterdance, I'll still be here.

And as long as my name is still on the piece of paper, I'll still be here.

So who else's name are we adding to this piece of paper? This person - as Rebecca Catharine Christina Kotsonis once put it - is the duck tape that holds CTY together. He spends his time at CTY figthting unfair rules. He knows the traditions better than any person on Earth. And I can't imagine CTY without him, which I unfortunately had to experience this week. And so, as long as he promises to spend more time participating in CTY tradition and less time photographing it, I bestow the duck to Max Wang.