FMOTQ

FMOTQ [ef·em·oh·tee·kew] n. Full Moon on the Quad, a ritual event wherein students converge upon the Main Quad at the first Full Moon of the year. Generally, dorms organize attendance parties for the first Full Moon of Fall Quarter and the band performs, etc., but unofficial gatherings sometimes occur at any Full Moon. The story goes "a female Stanford student is not a woman until she has been kissed at midnight, under a full moon, on inner quad, in front of Memorial Church, by a Stanford man. Not one of the explicit qualifications can be missed; unless all are fulfilled, the ritual is meaningless. The custom is so explicit in its details, it becomes almost legal in character. Perhaps it was in the will."1 alternately, if a male student kisses a Stanford woman, it makes him a Stanford Man. *note: as various references state the Stanford Man or Woman doing the kissing should be a Senior, the tradition has loosely evolved into "a Frosh must kiss a Senior" to become a Stanford Man or Woman. See quad.

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