Freshman Screw is fast approaching, and thanks to our friends at FCC we have this beautiful cinematic gesture to guide us through what is, no doubt, the most stressful week of an 18 year-old’s life. Using rarely-before-seen archival footage of Welch Hall (holla @ Beinecke), FCC has informed us of all things “Screw”. What they leave ambiguous (for reasons we can only assume are purposeful) is the theme. And honestly, what is a Yale-sponsored event without a theme? Seemingly, Freshman Screw’s “Drop It Like F. Scott” theme revolves around some book by someone named Scott, or something that maybe takes place in something like the ‘20s. But because I have neither read said book nor watched what I assume to be the better movie remake, I have no idea what exactly they are talking about. What I do know is that the shit that was going down in the 1820s would make for a way doper party than things like Prohibition, Gertrude Stein, the Scopes Trial, etc.
Let’s begin with the title of this year’s event. The “D” and the “F” are right next to each other on the QWERTY keyboard, so I think it’s safe to say that FCC just missed the “D” key and hit “F” by accident. That is the only way to explain that the Scott in question is actually Dred Scott, not F. Scott.* Dropping it like Dred Scott just, well, makes sense. He was born into slavery, unsuccessfully tried to buy his own freedom, and then the Supreme Court chose not to uphold the Miss Whore-E Compromised (I’m hosting a party with that name later this year) causing D. Scott to lose the case. Wow. The United States really dropped it (“it” being Dred Scott). Regardless, I’m pretty stoked to get to see all the freshmen girls dressed up as Licentious Lucretia Mott and the gay boys dressed as Queen Quincy Adams. DJ Monroe will be spinning club bangers like Chopin’s Sonata No. 1 all night. So please head out to Commons on Saturday for some fun times and good company. The 1820s was an Era of Good Feelings, and FCC knows it.
* Yes, the Dred Scott Decision took place in the 1850s, but roll with me here. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 was arguably the most important aspect to Dred’s case. Additionally, themed parties that correspond to a specific time period tend to have a way of spanning longer than just one decade. According to popular Yale legend, in the very distant past, there used to be an annual ‘80s-themed dance where students would wear clothing that was most decidedly not from the 1980s (or the 1880s for that matter).