Welcome or Orgy? Stanford Freshmen Love 'Full Moon on the Quad'

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"I think I was kissed by a sophomore and junior, without knowing it at the time," said Lipinski, now 34 and a mother of two from Alexandria, Va. "It makes for good conversations later in the year when you run into that person in class or around campus."

But Molly Vorwerck, who is a senior and managing editor of the Weekend, The Stanford Daily's Friday newspaper, calls Full Moon on the Quad, "a huge kind of rage."

"If you are single and want to make out with people, you just go up and kiss them," said the 22-year-old from Orange County, Calif. "Usually, they are people you know or know of -- rarely a stranger. A lot of people are pretty tipsy and have a really good time."

"They hand out mouthwash to protect you from mono, but who knows if it's medically accurate," said Vorwerck, an American studies major. She said many of her friends had caught colds after Full Moon on the Quad.

Her own freshmen year, Vorwerck was "completely sober" and watched her friends make out. "I was also a little concerned about getting sick," she said. "It's a fast way to spread germs."

Usually, the event is "nonthreatening" and not "disorganized or dysfunctional," according to Vorwerck, but sometimes students take it a step too far and hook up later.

"It's mid-week, not on the weekend, and people have homework and class in the morning," she said. "But sometimes people carry bingo sheets and try to fit as many [people they have kissed] on the card -- member of the band, cheerleading squad, a sophomore or a red head.

"But it's usually just a quick make-out session," she said.

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