"Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen, in the market, streets, courts, colleges and living houses, or any place whatsoever, and particularly in the present college, when they have entered in order to matriculate or are leaving after matriculation."Leipzig University Statute (1495)
Found at http://askthepast.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-treat-freshmen-1495.html?spref=fb
Middle-aged in more ways than one, eh? I sometimes wonder what is like in the days of town-gown riots in almost all the great medieval university cities and think the odd one might have been fun. Of course I wouldn't want most of my colleagues guarding my back--they probably wouldn't know what to do with a broken bottle besides hunting despairingly for a recycling bin.ReplyDelete
Damn! No use for the catheter, then.Delete
The prospectus for the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, circa 1970, allegedly included the sentence: "Apart from an isolated incident of violence in 1470 when the dean of the faculty of arts was shot at with bows and arrows, and if one glosses over the Jacobite demonstrations of 1715, the university has been singularly free of student unrest."Delete
So if you ever invent a time machine and decide to go visit some medieval town-gown riots, don't bother with St. Andrews.
"Mock by whistling"? Really? What would that have sounded like?ReplyDelete
"Wheet wheew! (pant pant pant) Ah-oo-gah!"Delete
I believe that's actually how Abelard met Heloise.
The mating call of the medieval male? :)Delete
With the exception of "annoy," which they suffer just by our mere existance, this list is consistent with current policies, though it's more explicit. I'm sure I'd get in trouble for pouring urine on them, even though it's not in the faculty handbook.ReplyDelete
Back then you could still get away with *pouring* urine on freshmen; you just couldn't drench them.Delete
Those were the days.
It's just not fair that they get to do all of this to each other, but we're not allowed to do any of it to them.ReplyDelete
But if they return as sophomores, all bets are off.ReplyDelete
You're right! I'll start saving some empty plastic bottles.Delete