Friday, March 27, 2009
New Twist Ends Old Tradition
Twenty-two students at St. Mary's College of California have done something their predecessors famously did 50 years ago: cram into a phone booth.
Teams competed to fit as many bodies as possible into a phone booth on the campus green Wednesday, a half-century after Life magazine published a now-famous photograph of 22 St. Mary's students stuffed into a phone booth, a popular college stunt in the 1950s.
Current students matched the number in the 1959 image, though they failed to break the campus record of 24 set in 1984.
After the stunt, 2 women reported being raped and one groped during the ordeal and one man sustained a broken arm. The raped women were unable to identify their attackers because they were unable to move their heads due to the cramped conditions inside the phone booth.
St. Mary's officials say a South African team set the world record of 25 in 1958.
After today's episode, St. Mary's announced its decision to prohibit any future attempts to stuff a phone booth on campus grounds.