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Sassee
04-26-2007, 04:44 AM
What are some odd things you've had happen on campus or happen to you personally? Just looking for some detail to enrich my setting.

Example: The squirrels on my old college campus used to throw nuts at students. (yes... that really did happen) Fearless little buggers.

AnnieColleen
04-26-2007, 07:19 AM
Raccoons getting into trash cans.

Chalked announcements on sidewalks & walls about anything & everything (campus events, birthdays, etc.)

The administration put up dummy kiosks (just wooden booths) to test how actual kiosks (to replace the chalk-on-sidewalk advertising) would affect foot traffic. Every day it seemed like the kiosks would pop up somewhere else. One night a bunch of guys got together with a truck and moved one of them up to the highest point on campus, at the foot of the big cross there (Catholic college). Many hijinx and jokes ensued.

One group's fundraiser was a "Mr. _____" competition, wherein instead of a swimsuit competition there was a snowsuit competition (including a Texan in Hawaiian shirt & shorts, aka his "I wish it would snow" suit).

One of the priests who worked for the college dislocated his shoulder when he joined students sledding down the campus hill on a cafeteria tray.

The elevator in my dorm was broken often enough that someone taped a pack of cards to the wall marked "in case of emergency".

(And so on and so on...fun times! :D )

Mlshanks
04-26-2007, 08:39 AM
I still remember the collision between traveling campus evangelical Christians screaming "you're all whoremongers and sodimites," the Harri Krishna drum and bell congregation being lured to play "Stairway to Heaven," and the campus pot dealers distributing 1000s of free joints on a main plaza of a California university when I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s.

Building a giant slingshot on the top of a 10 story dorm which could hurl water balloons over 3/8ths of a mile.

Swapping a professor's coffee cup full of Kaluha with an actual cup of room temp. black coffee. Watching him spray a mouthful over half the front row...and then try to explain why it happened.

Years later, as a TA teaching a small "discussion section" and having a student *take* a cell phone call from his girl friend... And honestly wonder why I would not give him my signature to ADD this section he wasn't even enrolled in, but trying to "crash."

Having the prof. I was TAing for have to stop a lecture...because two students in the middle of a 1000 seat lecture hall 2/3rds full were making out in full view of their classmates and the prof. (hint: third base)

McDuff
04-26-2007, 10:41 AM
This one time I went to a lecture on some stuff.

poetinahat
04-26-2007, 11:22 AM
Dude... no WAY. I knew somebody that did that too.

Elektra
04-26-2007, 11:51 AM
The fire alarms were super-sensitive in our dorm, to the point that a slightly burnt bag of popcorn would set them off. It wasn't uncommon to see drunk students beating at the wailing fire alarms with pillows, utterly confused about what all the fuss was.

Maryn
04-26-2007, 11:51 PM
I once allowed my ankles to show, sparking a scandal. Yeah, I attended college that long ago!

In the here-and-now, at The Kid's college nudity is allowed on campus, including the grassy parklike area facing the town's main shopping street. (It's allowed at the Other Kid's college, too, but it's fairly isolated.) Both kids report that full-out nudity is rare: the guy, and it's always a guy, usually wears shoes.

Fire safety laws have gotten draconian at both schools. Dorms removed curtains years ago, leaving the rods in place, but students are not allowed to provide their own curtains or to drape fabric or other materials. No candles can be lit, not even a birthday candle outside. At one school, there's a $500 fine for a black-wick candle (since that means it was lit).

Bisexuality, especially among women, is so common it's unremarkable at both their colleges. They both know transgendered people, too. Granted, these are liberal schools, but I was still surprised at how open and accepting the students are about everyone's choices. (Yes, there's a transgendered person, a biological male living as a woman, who considers herself a lesbian because she likes girls.)

Maryn, representing the Stone Age

Tiger
04-26-2007, 11:53 PM
At UCSC, skunks used to roam freely over campus. Every once in awhile--for no apparent reason--they'd let go outside the dorms... They cleared the floors faster than any fire alarm could.

MidnightMuse
04-26-2007, 11:58 PM
A couple of times when I was on Ward Care duty and had to get there at 5am to open the barn and feed the livestock, give meds and muck stalls, we were greeted by police officers warning us that yet another inmate from the Western State Mental Hospital had "wandered off" and was last seen "around the campus".

It wasn't so scary when it was your week for kennel duty - you had the dogs for protection. But Ward Care didn't help much, unless the mental patients had a fear of horses, cows, goats or sheep.:Shrug:

sunna
04-27-2007, 12:30 AM
We had a deer wander into the dining hall one day. That was interesting.

One of the frats kept a live pig in their house for a week before the pig roast; I try not to imagine what for. (they were shut down the year after I left, thankfully)

My personal fav: a food fight over Sunday brunch involving at least 50 very hungover students, and several faculty members. Did you know if you pound on one end of those little foil-wrapped pats of butter it can fly about 300 feet? :)

Plot Device
04-27-2007, 12:44 AM
At my college, a group of students secretly tried to unleash the 10 Plagues of Egypt on the campus as a joke. The first plague (blood) was accomplished by dumping red dye into the fountain. The second (frogs) was dozens of plastic frogs floating in the same fountain the following week. By the time they tried to do the flies they got caught.

johnnysannie
04-27-2007, 05:37 AM
Some Nigerian students hunted for and caught several snakes in a wooded area near the dorms, skinned them, fileted the meat, and cooked the snake meat with rice. It actually smelled delicious but I passed on trying any.

Drinking real moonshine mixed with a Coke from the Sonic while grading papers (I was a faculty assistant) and realizing that the 'shine was eating through the stryrofoam of the cup.

Getting so happily involved with my boyfriend that we almost did the deed in a study room upstairs at the campus library.

Just a few blast from the past items!

L M Ashton
04-27-2007, 03:31 PM
Nerd Bingo.

It's played thus. Each player picks a student. Each time that student answers a question from the prof, the player gets another letter. When the player gets all five, that player stands up and yells out "Bingo!" and wins.

And yes, I know people who actually played it. I was friends with a girl who consistenly won. She was good at picking out the nerds.


Engineering Week.

Every year, during Engineering Week, there was a competition from all engineers who wished to participate to toss an egg off the roof of the engineering building to see whose could survive the best. Any type of structures built to protect the egg or slow down the descent or anything else to prevent the egg splattering were allowed.

Also, every year, a different vehicle - always belonging to an administrator - would up on the roof of that same building.

Nakhlasmoke
04-27-2007, 05:08 PM
I went to art college, so all I remember is charcoal, paint, stretching canvases, and dope. You got to see a lot of stupid "art" projects. Damien Hirst wannabes with no actual talent.

My campus was in a pretty shitty part of Johannesburg, next to strip clubs and shebeens, and once a week we'd have to walk up to the Johannesburg Art Gallery (we were given strict instructions to only walk in big groups) and we used to smoke dope openly as we walked while cop cars crawled past. Sadly, we thought we were really clever.

When I transferred campuses to go do graphic design (worst thing i could have ever done) someone found a really old arcade game sitting in a forgotten corner and rewired it so we could play without coins.

MattW
04-27-2007, 06:08 PM
I recall one week where I spotted no fewer than 3 pairs of panties tossed aside in 3 separate, wide-open parking lots.

The flaming couch that was thrown from a second story.

The pile of rocks we built on top of a 12 foot tall piece of modern art. Done in plain sight using a human pyramid.

The student who canceled class by writing "class canceled" on the blackboard before anyone showed up. No one stayed.

I would think of more, but I was drunk for some of the best ones.

The_Grand_Duchess
04-27-2007, 06:26 PM
One night, for no apparent reason, a group of guys walked through our dorms and stole everyone's white board markers.

We also had super sensitve smoke detectors and often had to leave the dorm in the middle of the night which sucked, exspecially when it was unexpectably cold.

My freshman year we were obsessed with the squirrels becuase they feared nothing. They would like crowd around you if you were eating a bagel or somethng outside. The joke was that they would just eventually ask for a piece and when you refused they would ask for a dollar.

We had no air con and in the summer people just slept in the hall. The showers were really gross but people still had sex in them. Which is very uncomfortable if you happen to be showering in the stall next to them.

spike
04-27-2007, 06:58 PM
We used to steal glasses from the dining hall and throw them against the library building.

Pranks such as loading the shower heads with instant coffee and putting plastic wrap on the toilets, under the seat.

Fighting with townies.

Breaking into the dining hall and stealing food.

Having to carry a dildo everywhere when pledging.

Putting dorm common room furniture in the elevators.

Food fights.

Papering over dorm room doors with newspaper.

All the psych majors had pet white rats.

Cow tipping.

C.bronco
04-27-2007, 07:21 PM
One of the all male dorms had its bathrooms in the middle of the hallway. To walk from one end to the other, you had to go through 2 bathrooms. The guys didn't seem to mind. They've since renovated the building.
Ah, the pool tables were free.
Vegetarians protested the pig roast.
One fellow dropped out or flunked out and camped out in the nearby woods, tent and all, for a semester.
The Women's Concerns House had two guys living in it. I guess they were concerned about women.
When I delivered pizza for the on-campus pizzeria, my cheap schoolmates tried to tip me with snack bar coupons, but mostly didn't tip at all.

Jamesaritchie
04-27-2007, 08:14 PM
My journalism class had to miss an entire day of college so we could go to the middle of the campus and jump up in the air in unison to make a damned Toyota commercial. It finally got so long and boring, hours of everyone trying to jump in the air at the same time while film rolled and cameras flashed, that some of the students went to the parking lot, drove their American cars back with signs that said "Buy American, Buy German, Buy anything but Toyota, by God."

I don't believe these made it into the commercial.

We also had a day where two journalism students shared a birthday, and the prof brought a large bottle of whiskey to share. We learned little about journalism that day, but quite a bit about writing with a hangover the next.

Prawn
04-27-2007, 08:19 PM
Soap powder in the fountains at homecoming.

jenfreedom
04-27-2007, 09:32 PM
You folks went to some odd colleges! Nothing remarkable happened at either of my schools. Does that mean I studied too hard? The only thing I can think of is that I first went to college in Humboldt county and than finished up in Albuquerque. And when I moved to NM it was a total shock because there were girls in mini skirts and high heels walking around campus. That was quirky to me because you'd likely be scorned to death if you tried that in Humboldt.

Oh, and my anatomy teacher in Humboldt liked to pop eyes around the room - the only part of the cadavers that ever bugged me.

~ Jennifer

ModoReese
04-27-2007, 09:54 PM
I just visited my alma mater last night, forgetting it was Exam Week there. Our table was entertained by one determined individual, denied access to the campus bar, attempting to scale the Plexiglas surrounding the patio. He made it too, only to be promptly thrown out by the bouncer. He tried again, thrown out again. He *changed his shirt* then attempted a third time. There was something so humorous in the idea that changing your shirt might make a difference.

My best personal story was the end of first year when one of our instructors showed up at our end of year party at the campus bar. He wound up cutting my (male) friend's hair in the middle of the bar. I'm still not sure why. I was talking to to other guys when the next thing I knew my instructor had a pair of scissors and was asking me how to cut hair.

He did a horrible job too. One of the waitresses had to step in. But the photos live on....

M

Jamesaritchie
04-28-2007, 01:42 AM
Does that mean I studied too hard?

~ Jennifer

Studied????? This must be a foreign word. What language is it, and what does it mean?

The_Grand_Duchess
04-28-2007, 05:23 AM
I totally forgot about this but these two girls kept a kitten in thier dorm room for like a semester. Everyone on the floor knew about it except the RA.

One of the ways we would meet people was dialing random dorm numbers and talking to whoever picked up. One guy lived on the same floor as us in the next dorm over. We could see his room from ours. I don't remeber the coversation but it ended with us flashing him.

Anonymisty
04-28-2007, 05:43 AM
Junior year I was living in a co-ed dorm, in which the girls lived on floors 2 and 4, and the guys on 1 and 3. Several of us were also taking ENG 305, "Shakespeare." Since we had to read twelve plays in the semester, we were struck with the brilliant notion of gathering in the hall, dividing out the parts and then reading the assigned portions of each play out loud.

It became an entertainment draw for the rest of the dorm. Some nights we had people hanging out of every room and crowded up and down the hall, listening to us. Pretty cool.

AnnieColleen
04-28-2007, 06:17 AM
Ha, we had kitten smugglers too, on the Austrian campus (semester overseas). And guys who randomly dialed the lobby of the girls' dorm. I'd forgotten about those.

Sassee
05-01-2007, 07:47 PM
Lots of good stuff in here guys! Thanks for the feedback :)

dobiwon
05-01-2007, 08:12 PM
Two backfired fraternity pledge pranks.

Pledges were required to carry boxes with candy, cigarettes, condoms, porn, etc. around campus during pledge week and to give them to any brother who asked. Since the newbies never knew who might be a brother, they gave them to anyone who asked. The local high school kids caught on, and soon several pledges were arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

One fraternity made it a requirement that the pledges attempt to steal some piece of furniture from the frat house without getting caught. They chose a recliner chair, and were carrying it down the street at 3:00AM, feeling clever that nobody caught them. Then came the police car, lights flashing, in response to a complaint about trespassing and theft of a chair. (Oh BTW, the police chief was a former frat brother and in on the caper.)

Beyondian
05-02-2007, 01:30 AM
Our campus was beside a prisoner rehabilitation society building. Actually, to be more accurate, my (small) 'tech occupied two oposite sides of a building complex shaped like an 'L'. The rehab (drop-in centre thing) was the centre building.
So, as you can imagine, all of the young female students were a little nervous when we found out. And one day, a really creepy looking man from the rehab came into our computer room looking for a cigarette lighter. Over the next week he kept standing outside the building or coming inside and staring at us. It was very unnerving.
We called the cops eventually, and the visits ceased.
I once put a bowl of pasta in the microwave for seven minutes and smoked up the building. To my ever-lasting relief it didn't set off the smoke-alarms, but I was teased for days about the smell.
I remember dashing into the kitchen and carrying a blackened bowl outside as quickly as possible. I left it on the curb. I didn't claim it, either.

smallthunder
05-02-2007, 03:15 AM
Two backfired fraternity pledge pranks.

Pledges were required to carry boxes with candy, cigarettes, condoms, porn, etc. around campus during pledge week and to give them to any brother who asked. Since the newbies never knew who might be a brother, they gave them to anyone who asked. The local high school kids caught on, and soon several pledges were arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors.

One fraternity made it a requirement that the pledges attempt to steal some piece of furniture from the frat house without getting caught. They chose a recliner chair, and were carrying it down the street at 3:00AM, feeling clever that nobody caught them. Then came the police car, lights flashing, in response to a complaint about trespassing and theft of a chair. (Oh BTW, the police chief was a former frat brother and in on the caper.)

Ah, the joys of pledge week. I remember one of my male friends was required to measure the length of the cafeteria during dinner using ... a tampon.
:D

Tsu Dho Nimh
05-02-2007, 04:44 PM
College with large agriculture department:

We stole a heifer and put her in the dorm elevator - properly bedded down in straw - so it the first thng the dorm manager would see when she went to unlock the sunroof in the morning. She was a nasty-tempered witch. (the heifer was very friendly)

Sassee
05-02-2007, 06:34 PM
College with large agriculture department:

We stole a heifer and put her in the dorm elevator - properly bedded down in straw - so it the first thng the dorm manager would see when she went to unlock the sunroof in the morning. She was a nasty-tempered witch. (the heifer was very friendly)

The elevator held that much weight?? :Wha:

talkwrite
05-02-2007, 06:58 PM
Neil Armstrong came to teach at my university after his first-man-on- the-moon experience. It was well known that he was a very private man and we wanted to protect his privacy- all ten thousand of us students. So we were always helping lost journalists find his building by sending them to the wrong building. The rule was to never direct them to the right building and it was very common that you would be approached by frustrated reporters which you would calmly and kindly direct to the football field or anywhere but the Engineering building. Even the administration was incahoots I found out. They would welcome reporters to the campus denying the existence of maps saying "oh just ask any student"

The_Grand_Duchess
05-02-2007, 07:15 PM
The elvators in my freshman dorm were super crowded in the morning. Somtimes when we wou;d get on in a group we would stand right at the door to make it look full so no one else would get on. We were not nice people all the time.

emsuniverse
05-07-2007, 07:51 AM
We had suicidal squirrels... They jumped in the circuit box thingies and electrocuted themselves. People found their carcasses all over campus. We have no idea why they did this.

Maryn
05-07-2007, 05:39 PM
I remembered a couple other things.

My own school days: Students and faculty smoked everywhere. In the dorms, in the halls, in the cafeterias and other food areas, even in class. There was no escaping smokers. It was extremely rare (like once in four years) for anyone to claim the smoke or smell bothered them.

My kids' current colleges: Mice. Brand new dorms have field mice within the first few weeks, no doubt attracted to the ready availability of food and limitless hiding places in students' chaotic rooms. Most students do not harm them but trap and release--and ask their parents to send metal gift tins for any food they keep in their rooms.

Maryn, whose room never had mice

JamieFord
05-07-2007, 06:14 PM
My sister's roommate was very self-conscious. She'd squeeze into their tiny closet to change her clothes.