Joke Issue: Wharton kid takes himself too seriously
A student was living in Huntsman Hall for two weeks to win ‘Hostile Takeover’
April 4, 2012, 1:02 am·
Justin Cohen | DP
Last night, a freshman took a fun Wharton tradition a little too far.
Huntsman Hall security escorted Wharton freshman Jason Meyer out of the building at 11 p.m. after he was eliminated from Wharton’s annual school-wide assassins game, Hostile Takeover.
“He was disrupting students in GSRs and yelling obscenities down the halls,” an AlliedBarton security guard said.
According to Wharton officials, Meyer had been living in Huntsman Hall for the last two weeks.
Although Wharton administrators have condemned Meyer’s behavior and put him on probation, Meyer is protesting their decision.
“I was just trying to win Hostile Takeover,” he said.
Meyer explained that Huntsman Hall was the ideal place for him to live throughout the competition.
“I figured the person looking for me would never even consider what I was doing,” he said, “but I was wrong.”
Remarkably, Meyer survived the two weeks using a combination of dining dollars and the few necessities he brought with him.
“I ate at Au Bon Pain three times a day and it was disgusting,” he said.
As for maintaining personal hygiene, Meyer admitted it was difficult.
“I wore the same clothes for two weeks straight, and I got used to taking ‘sink showers,’” he said, admitting he went as far as using Axe spray he had kept from middle school. “After the first week I flipped my boxers inside-out so I could wear the ‘clean’ side.”
During the day, Meyer would go to class and study in the Forum. At night, he relied on a custodian to help him find a classroom.
“This custodian I made friends with would leave one of the classrooms unlocked for me to sleep in. He even brought me a blanket and pillow before locking up the rest.”
Student Health Services director Evelyn Wiener advised against staying in Huntsman Hall for extended periods of time. “The place is known to bring out the worst in students,” she said. “And staying in there for two weeks straight? That’s really unhealthy.”
The Wharton administration strongly discourages students from squatting in lecture halls.
“We encourage students to utilize all of the resources Huntsman Hall has to offer, but this was ridiculous,” Wharton Dean Thomas Robertson said.
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