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Stanford University students' willingness to keep a certain kissing tradition alive has caused the flu and meningococcal meningitis to run rampant in the dorms.
The New York Times reported that the tradition is when people in different classes come together and kiss whoever.
While some might not look at the kissing orgy as problematic, the event has caused some who participated to fall ill in the dorms.
The event is called Full Mooning and takes place on the Quad. One Stanford student wrote about her own experience during the Full Moon on Stanford Daily.
The University has tried to ban the tradition. However, they have been unsuccessful, so now they are offering options to the students as part of practicing safe kissing. Listerine is offered during the Full Moon, as are shots to combat the flu and mono. They also try to create an atmosphere where people do not feel pressured to participate and the event is overseen by sobriety monitors.
Peer health educators live in the dorms and give students tips on what they should and should not do, such as not flossing beforehand so there is no open place for germs to get in. Dental dams are also offered.
This Full Mooning needs to end. While some may only get the flu, strep throat or meningococcal meningitis, it won’t be long before herpes, which can be spread orally, becomes an epidemic for the school.