TO: Michael J. Drake, Head and Director, and others
FROM: PtyS/LPL Graduate Students
SUBJECT: The Last April Fools
Most of us may be too young to have seen the movie "The Last Picture Show". It was, in part, about the demise of a once venerable institution. It is in that context that the title of this memorandum should be read.
The aftermath of the recent field trip to Baja California was an unmitigated disaster! Relations between the department and the graduate students were damaged. Reputations were returned in truly filthy condition. There is extensive damage to goodwill and the general working atmosphere. While the final numbers are not yet available, the estimated cost of repairs is great.
While no accusations have been made of deliberate negligence, there are clear claims of irresponsible behavior. The traditional April Fools' Day pranks can be taken as further evidence of "irresponsibility." As a result, the April Fools' Day experience will change.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, ALL GRAD-SANCTIONED AND - IMPLEMENTED PRANKS ARE SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY, PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE FIELD TRIP HIATUS.
Depending on the outcome of the field trip hiatus, we may consider reinstating LPL pranks under new restrictions.