Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Resurrection of Boalt's Legendary Gun Club?

Alright Boalties, time to channel Nancy Drew!

Last week, cryptic posters started showing up around the law school that featured a black and white photo of John Y*o, with a caption underneath that reads: “I’m sorry, for everything.” At first glance, they were easy to dismiss as yet another attempt to get a rise out of Boalt’s most notorious professor.

That was, until this morning – when a keg mysteriously appeared in the student center, plastered with the very same posters. The keg (seemingly of Bud Light) looked like it had been there overnight, much to the consternation of M*ndi and L*sa.

The cups sat beside a photo of Earl Warren...

Who was perhaps the most illustrious (and only known) member of the original
Gun Club, a secret society founded at Boalt in the early 1900s composed of "[m]en" who "lived for the drink and died by the gun." Time Magazine reported that Warren and his friends in the Club would gather on Thursday nights at Pop Kessler’s Rathskeller in Oakland for evenings of beer drinking and poetry reading.

While there is little if any additional information about the Gun Club’s current activities or members (secret societies are, well, secret) there are signs that it is still alive and going strong. As recently as 2005, students at Boalt found clues in the form of poetry promising that somewhere in the school was a hidden pint of liquor in a hollowed-out “tome”.

With the library about to move underground, are the Y*o posters and keg another invitation to find the legendary liquor-tome?? Do they mark the beginning of a new quest? Or have the anti-Y*o protestors finally learned that they can shape public opinion at Boalt with beer…?

In any case, rumor has it M*ndy gave the keg to the construction workers. With any luck, they’ll get wasted and build a few secret passageways for generations of Gun Club members to come.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Mindi really give the beer to the construction workers?? That thing was full!

4/13/2010 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we know that Yoo wasn't actually apologizing?

4/13/2010 2:32 PM  
Blogger James said...

For those that care, rankings have been leaked: http://www.flickr.com/photos/49285543@N07/4518895878/

4/13/2010 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2 things:

1. We need more pictures of M*ndi on N&B

2. The Gun Club was certainly around for the last four years. I don't know who the members in my class were, but I know two of the four in the year ahead of me.

4/13/2010 2:53 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

I'd love to see what the posters looked like.

And L'Alex...you know a suspicious amount of information about this supposedly secret society.

4/13/2010 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously? drunk construction workers are preferable to drunk students?

4/13/2010 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the construction workers somehow get an alcohol permit? Just curious to know which faculty member is sponsoring their kegger... Or are the construction workers allowed to drink beer on campus because they are adults and law students are f**king children (no chomo)?

4/13/2010 4:31 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

4:31--JY sponsored the kegger. Didn't you read the OP?

4/13/2010 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It wasn't there all night. The ice was fresh and hardly melted at 7:45...

4/13/2010 4:40 PM  
Blogger L'Alex said...

Lol Carbolic I WISH I was a member of a secret society. Truth is, I gathered all the info for this post while trying to solve the mystery myself. Alas, the best lead I got was by Googling "I'm sorry, for everything" and finding a poet named Duke Nguyen. One of the library catalogue's Y*o books was published by Duke University Press, but it's been checked out until June. That's where my short-lived career as a sleuth expired. :(

4/13/2010 5:18 PM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

I thought N&B was a secret society. Although admittedly the worst kept secret society.

4/13/2010 7:40 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Haha, all I can say is, apology accepted.

Also, a tipster sent mesome pics of the John Y*o posters from last week, but I have been swamped at work and never got a chance to post about them. L'alex, I will send them to you in case you want to update this. I think they're pretty funny and prob worth sharing for those who haven't seen them.

4/14/2010 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shirt here: http://boaltalk.blogspot.com/2009/04/construction-update.html, was supposedly a Gun Club prank too.

Also, speaking of that post, can someone take another shot of the courtyard for those of us who haven't seen it lately?

4/14/2010 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what do you think of the comma? on first read, it's unnecessary. but i like it on second read.

4/14/2010 9:51 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

It seems like a natural place to pause, so given that it is meant to be a quote, I approve of the comma.

4/14/2010 10:11 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Although I think "I'm sorry. For everything." might have been even funnier.

4/14/2010 10:12 AM  
Blogger Sean said...

From ATL's coverage, quote from Y*o:

"While we are teaching our students the finer points of law, we have clearly failed to teach some of them how to throw a party. Spoilt beer and posters with professors’ photos — especially mine — do not a throwdown make."

4/14/2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Yoo's definition of "throwdown" seems about as solid as his definition of torture. What's not to love about free beer?

4/14/2010 1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for 9:13: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/building/constructionPhotos.html

The first shot in this sequence is from about a month ago. Since then, the basic structure of the cafe and classrooms has gone up as has the walkway connecting the glass patio with the roof of the new construction.

4/15/2010 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I forgot -- here's the webcam: http://www.law.berkeley.edu/building/cam.html

4/15/2010 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FWIW, 90 minutes of sleuthing led me to this book:


4/15/2010 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "sleuth" above is so far off it's not even funny.

4/15/2010 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one is live blogging this?


4/16/2010 8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liu's doing quite well. never distances himself from his writings but puts a nice gloss on them. he just said that a just objectively, neutrally applies the existing law! sounded like John Roberts talking about calling balls and strikes. i can't imagine that the Republicans are winning any of those exchanges.

4/16/2010 9:15 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

@8:43, our very own Jonathan Singer liveblogged it over at confirmgoodwinliu.com (I think). We reserve our liveblogging for serious stuff like Bakesales and trivia competitions.

4/16/2010 5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all have everything wrong about Gun Club. Look for Betsy.

5/25/2010 5:27 PM  

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