Stanford traditions bow to swine flu

Hugging and kissing are sooo last year. On Sunday, just before introducing The Peace, a segment of the University Public Worship service in which members of the assembly in MemChu traditionally greet one another with hugs and handshakes, the Rev. JOANNE SANDERS, associate dean for religious life, asked congregants to think about other forms of greeting, such as bowing toward one another with hands together as in prayer. The concern, of course, is the spread of H1N1 virus. Now, GREG BOARDMAN, vice provost for student affairs, has announced that he is putting the kibosh on Full Moon on the Quad, the decades-old Stanford tradition of lip-locking under a night sky. “Curtsey on the Quad” just doesn’t quite have the same ring.

– Elaine Ray