When Boring Pittsburgh first got word that some jagoffs tried sawing the Fence at CMU, thoughts of a gas powered chainsaw screaming its way through thousands of layers of paint crossed our minds. Then it was released that the douchebags only had a measly hacksaw and were spotted midway through their attempt at turning the 95 year old tradition into kindling (impossible, see below). They weren’t sawing right down the middle of the Fence. Apparently these not-winning first-year art majors were cutting through layers and layers of paint and peeling it back – there was something creepy looking about the end result.
Plans of delayering the history that was locked behind coats of satin, primer, eggshell, gloss, and hopefully not too much lead-based paint, were suddenly squashed by a snitch from the Humanities and Social Sciences department. Go figure. Out of everyone in CMU, it just had to be a student from a boring humanities major that ran to tattletale. We kid the poly-sci and lit majors in the crowd!
A crew of CMU staff, including a security guard, rolled up to Team Hacksaw Jim Duggan and were told to gets the steppin’.
Some psych major was later quoted in The Tartan’s Fence Attack article that her “heart stopped” and she “felt sick” after hearing about the damage. Relax CMU, everything’s gonna be alright. No need to get all Chris Crocker about the Fence.
No, seriously, this is messed up. But can those freshmen art majors really get into trouble for vandalism? The point of CMU’s fence is, well, to vandalize it (with paint). In fact, that’s exactly how the tradition was started in the first place! The school put the Fence there as a meeting place, but it wasn’t cool enough for all the uber cool CMU students to hang-out at, so the school administration decided to remove it. The night of the scheduled removal, some bored frat guys went up to the Fence late at night to paint their letters on it as a prank. Ever since, students and campus groups have been camping out at the Fence to claim it as their territory and painting their organization names and event info for the rest of the campus to see. There are rules for painting the Fence, but are those rules listed in the official handbook?
The Fence we know today isn’t even the original wooden fence. It’s a concrete and steel replacement from 1993.
Interesting side note: The original fence at CMU is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for being the most painted object in the world.
Aftermath pics submitted by Manish “the man” Burman:
If you’re still interested in this topic, read the comments on Reddit!
This is why we can’t have nice things. -CamouflagedPotatoes
I just got back from the painting party. There were around 250 people there, and quite a lot of school spirit. We painted it black in mourning, go check it out and see what it says. I heard that FMS will epoxy it sometime this week. If we were just to paint it then water would get in and cause more layers to break off. -davidfg4
It amazes me how stupid things matter more to the general public than more important things out there. My friend is hosting TShirts for Japan (at CMU) to raise money for countless numbers of people who lost their homes and families and lives because of the recent Tsunami. His facebook event says there are only 94 people attending this fundraiser event so far.
However “Operation HEAL THE FENCE” was created to “mourn” the small damage that was done to the school fence that can easily be fixed by REPAINTING! Over 840 people responded Attending to this worthless event in the period of just 8 hours and hundreds have gathered at the fence already in a cult like manner. As of right now, students who sawed the fence are constantly being humiliated and hated. People’s overreaction to something so trivial may result in the students being unnecessarily punished.
Wake up CMU. Wake up people. There are more important things out there. -charlestreykang
Freshman art majors… ಠ_ಠ -wikichen