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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2


I am writing to express the distress and anger I felt when reading the "Fogcutters" article (September 2011 issue). The implied glorification of these events is truly misplaced. The worst days of my wonderful college life were the days after Fogcutters, with vomit and litter all over the beautiful campus and, worst of all, passed-out students in the bushes and elsewhere. Walking across campus post-Fogcutters gave the eerie effect of walking through the aftermath of a small war.

In those days, we had Drug Ed and learned about the dangers of marijuana, LSD and so on, but we were not educated at all about alcohol poisoning. One of my suite-mates spent a whole post-Fogcutters day lying on the floor next to the toilet in one of the bathroom stalls. None of us knew what to do except look in on her from time to time. I felt even worse when I was older and realized that she was suffering from alcohol poisoning and her life was on the line right there on the cold tile of our suite's bathroom. Even then I knew that she had damaged her wonderful Revelle brain.

I read the article through in its entirety, and I am aware that the latter part of the article mentions some of these truths. But the tone of the article, and certainly the first part of it, imply that somehow these Fogcutter parties were wonderful acts of creativity that livened up a dull campus. Nonsense! There were many ways to enjoy oneself at UCSD in those days, and encouraging others to get wasted is not creative. Furthermore, in those days we were proud to be the "Revelle Nerds," the ones who cared about learning and knowledge and crossing disciplines, the ones who were excited about the fantastic college education we were getting.

I loved UCSD, I loved Revelle, I am thankful for the great education I got there, and I am proud that my nephew is now going to be a Reveller. SOAP did other fun and creative things that did liven up the campus, as did other groups such as the Silly Students and Question Authority, "political parties" that ran for office during that time period. But Fogcutters should be seen as instances of bad old days, not good old days, and should not be praised or emulated.

Heather E. Campbell, Ph.D., Revelle '82

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