Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world: professors have been pontificating and students have been snoozing since the 12th century. Back then, students didn’t have Angry Birds to distract them in lectures ? but they did have bows and arrows. In 1209, a student accidentally shot a townswoman (the subsequent hanging of two innocent students led to a breakaway group of university men founding Cambridge University), and one of Oxford’s earliest rules banned students from bringing their weaponry to classes, just in case the boredom became too much…
Forget being asked for your ID next time you fancy a drink: in the early 20th century students needed written permission from their tutors before they could stop off for a beer at The Bear (Oxford’s oldest pub). Without a note, students weren’t simply thrown out ? they were arrested by the ‘bulldogs’, the university police. Not that potential arrest deterred students determined to have their pint of ale: between 1910 and 1920, bulldogs arrested approximately 620 students “in pubs without permission”.
One wonders how those sober tutors would have reacted to Worcester’s ‘infamous’ Breakfast Club. The college society, founded in 2009, spent two years declaring their revision breaks in rather bare-faced fashion: ‘Half Naked Half Hours’. This is exactly what it sounds like: each afternoon, club members studying in the library would strip to the waist, continue with their work, and re-dress 30 minutes later. Sadly in 2011 Worcester Library Committee banned the would-be strippers, ruling that ‘Half Naked Half Hours’ posed a distraction to other studiers.
Perhaps those poor Breakfast Club members should transfer to Jesus College. In 2012 the college JCR voted unanimously to install a hot tub for stressed finalists during the final week of Trinity term, costing up to £400. It has since become an annual fixture: the JCR committee noting in 2013 that “9th Week Trinity term is always hot” and that “JCR members (especially finalists) have worked extremely hard this year and deserve a reward.”
可怜的早餐俱乐部成员们大概应该转学到耶稣学院去。2012年，耶稣学院的“本科生公共休息室”(JCR，Junior Common Room)通过投票一致同意：在夏季学期的期末周花费400英镑为紧张备考的毕业班学子们安装一个热水浴缸。从此，这就成了学院每年固定的规矩：2013年，公共休息室委员会指出“夏季学习的第九周总是特别炎热”，并且“公共休息室的成员们(尤其是大四党)这一年已经辛苦学习了很久，他们应该得到犒劳。”
5. NO CAKE FOR YOU
Finalists certainly deserve a reward after their last exams: but the University proctors will not let them eat cake. The famous ‘trashing’ celebrations that occur when students walk out of exams ? where friends of the freed throw confetti and pop champagne ? are permitted, so long as they don’t involve food stuff. Eggs, flour and whipped cream are specifically prohibited from being brought into the proximity of the Exam Schools, so no-one can whip up a celebratory cake on their friend’s head. Much as post-exam students need sustenance, it might not be worth risking the £80 fine one girl was handed in 2011 after throwing a trifle in a finalist’s face…