Full Moon on the Quad,Stanford’s 120-Year Old Tradition, Becomes Wild, Drunken, Midnight Kissing Orgy

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History of Stanford’s Full Moon on the Quad

  • Full Moon on the Quad started in the late 1800s when upperclassmen men would present freshman women with a red rose and peck on the cheek
  • The tradition went out of style but was resurrected in the 1980s reflecting modern sexual mores
  • Today’s tradition occurs on the first full moon of every school year when students gather to drunkenly make-out with each other for an hour
  • The school sanctions the event to control it and try to prevent the spread of disease.

Full moon on the quad 2012

Curent State of Stanford’s Full Moon on the Quad

On the first night of a full moon during the fall semester, students engage in binge-drinking, dress up in costume or body paint, and hook up with as many people as they can between midnight and 1am. According to senior Molly Vorwerck ‘s comments to ABCNEWS, “Usually they are people you know or know of – rarely a stranger. A lot of people are pretty tipsy and have a really good time. If you are single and want to make out with people, you just go up and kiss them.The most recent additions to this 120-year old tradition:

  • A same-sex area.
  • A bingo game where different kinds of students aresought out; similar to a scavenger hunt: a pair of twins, a red head, someone who got a 2,400 on the SAT.

The goal of the game is to get five in a row or all of the boxes for a blackout!

The middle box is always the Stanford Tree (Mascot). Calvin Studebaker, the current mascot, set a new record! He estimates that he kissed about 566 people.