Merton saves universe


Though many colleges uphold quirky traditions that involve alcohol and occur late at night, few can rival Merton’s Time Ceremony in its claim to be a “purely temporal and practical ceremony”

At 2am on Saturday night, Mertonians donned sub-fusc and walked backwards around the Fellow’s Quadrangle in an anticlockwise direction for an hour to fulfill the requirements of a forty year old ceremony.

According to the official website, the Merton Time Ceremony was designed in 1971 “to remedy the ill effects of modern man’s abrupt interference with the diurnal cycle” and to “create a localized area in which natural time stands still for one hour”.

Merton JCR president Samuel Hall denied the temporal and practical importance of the ceremony saying, “It was intended as a parody of Oxford’s ceremonies.” However, “over the last forty years, it has become a major college event.”


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