THE GO BIG RED FAN
3 JohnWesley Fenrick(whose sound system requires a box fan to keep cool)and his roommate Ephriam Klein trade moral victories in E07Se (viz. after class, whoever returns to the room first gets to claim "air rights;"); Narrator also lives on E07Se [E Tower, floor 07 (the bottom floor of the towers but 7 floors above the sidewalks outside) South wing, eastern corridor] asfaculty-in-residence, Assoc. prof. in Remote Sensing); "What you are about toread is not an aberration..."
11 SarahJane Johnson (American Megaversity student body president) and Casimir Radon try tovisit the dean; Outside, a truck is wedged under a bridge; Crazy ol' Bert Nix hectorsstudents standing in queue at Dean's office; Sarah tries to fix her dorm roomassignment, gets little sympathy from Mrs Santucci, but some timely assistancefrom Casimir; Casimir's issue is the "socioeconomic contextsbackgrounding" courses he is told he needs to complete.
25 Garyand two other newbies want access to a small computer terminal room; Fred Fineappears; Virgil Gabrielsen appears with a master key, dismisses the other fourand and logs into FLAT LUX.
30 Virgiltells Narrator about Paul Barnett's nafarious "worm," the reason Virgil is at AM.
33 Sarahhas a defacto single room; At an E12S wing meeting, Sarah meets Hyacinth; Mitzi the RAintroduces three new members; ""The guys upstairs on E13S call themselves the Wild and Crazy Guys, let's name our wing The Love Boat!"Instead, they call E12S "Castle in theAir," against Hyacinth's objections; When the fire alarmgoes off, Sarah and Hyacinth smoke weed in Hyacinth's room, room 103; Sarah discussesher former LSD use.
lectures speaks on grammar; Sarah is in his Freshman Englishclass after all, but balances the SG (Student Government) budget during class up in the back row;When essays are handed back Sarah sees but avoids Dexter Fresser, an old flame.
54 Agirl argues with Prof. Embers about a B he gave her on the essay; Embersresponds with patronizing edu-bullshit double-speak: "They're allproficient in their respective dialects. We have no academic standards,per se." [Nothing ever explicity identifies the complaintant as Sarah, but it is impossible not to conclude this.]
56 Exterminatorsspray Casimir's room; The illicit kitten; Casimir takes kitten's food bowls toshower to clean off bug spray, where he has bizarre encounters with a loud,incoherent guy and a naked couple.
61 Casimirtakes over the Neutrino (physics) club, wants to build a mass driver and headsto the Science Shop down in the Burrows; Virgil asks if they've caught thepiano tossers; The prime suspect is E13 of course (those Wild and Crazy Guys),possibly having tossed it from E14, the performing arts floor; Casimirbemoans the absence of any real law at AM, Virgil reminds him that "law isjust the opinion of the guy with the biggest gun," and goes on to explainin detail how work actually gets done at AM (bartering, favors, etc);Ubiquitous rat poison, "If you don't want the illicit kitten to get sick,get your room added to the 'no poison' list;" Virgil has memorized theentire AM operator program.
68 Terrorists of E13S (formerly The Wild and Crazy Guys)ceremonially hang Airheads upside down in the shower, then try to force Sarah out of herroom; Flashing, powdering, penny-locking, and other tactics fail to extractSarah; Narrator [named Bud? re p42] is revealed to be a large African-American who enjoyed exactinganonymous revenge on the Terrorists during intramural football games; Sarah isswirlied not by Terrorists but by Airheads, and lashes out at them in response;They see that they've drawn blood and don't screw with her anymore.
74 Spikesuccumbs to rat poison; Casimir vows to demonstrate how he's"cleverest."
76 Sarahis up and out by 4 AM [Onewonders how, in an Animal House dorm like that, she can manage the 8 or 9pmbedtime that the 4am departure implies.] ; Sarah skips all her classes to paint herroom.
78 Casimirinitiates Project Spike from Sharon's lab, then explains it to Virgil:"These rats can tolerate a lot of rat poison. I'm going to mark the poisonwith Carbon-14 and then see if any C-14 appears in cafeteria food..." (shades of G. Hevesy v. landlady!)
81 Fenrickand Klein do battle: AC/DC v. JS Bach; Angel the Cuban boxer down the halltakes action; Narrator calls Angel off but uses Angel's potential rage asleverage over Fenrick and Klein.
84 Inhis first time competing in a WWII ping-pong-table-based sim, Virgil (playing as the Axis powers) whips Chip Dixon(playing as the Allies); Fred Fine promotesVirgil to Colonel; Fine and Consuela invite Virgil to Sewers and Serpents, MARS's cosplay version of D and D. Shekondar is the program that runs the game.
89 Asfaculty advisor to SG, Narrator visits Castle in the Air (E12S), experiences theirmurals and other paintings; Mari Meegan v. Fire Marshall.
93 Sarahleads the SG budget meeting at which: SUB (Stalinist Underground Battalion) inveighsagainst Krupp, TUG (Temple of Unlimited Godhead) hums/chants, a bat is loose inthe auditorium, a TUG representative speaks, Casimir speaks and requests $1500 for Neutrino, Yllas Freedperson speaks eloquently on behalf ofSUB but the budget vote goes against them regardless.
99 Post-meetingchill in Narrator's suite (Sarah, Willy, Hillary and one other) Hillary: I'veheard the Terrorists are gang-raping with impunity; Best to avoid their FantasyIsland party at end of semester.
101 Casimirshows budget graphs to Sarah at MegaPub, but somehow the graph curves arewritten in vulgar words (Bennett's Worm?) and Casimir is embarrassed; Theyremember meeting in Santucci's office (p17), discuss Krupp, and lightly debatephilosophy (proof v. intuition)...and set a second date.
107 Sarahmeets with Krupp in his office; They spar lightly over budget issues andNeutrino's request; She convinces Krupp that Neutrino's project is worthexamining more closely.
112 Fenrickv. Klein on E07Se again, this time with cigar smoke and dirt.
114 SUBtries to pie Krupp's face during his autonomy lecture but misses; Three TUGgerscapture the assailant, but Krupp turns on them instead; Krupp hears questionsfrom—and summarily dismisses—Dex Fresser, then a woman with a safety pinthrough her nose (both representing SUB), Ephriam Klein (expounding JulianJaynes' bicameralism), Bert Nix blurting out lines from his poem (p48), andanother SUBbie (tall redhead); Casimir is there and is fairly impressed byKrupp; In the hall after the lecture, Klein and Krupp continue theJaynes/bicameralism debate; Sarah introduces Casimir to Krupp; [on p125 theNarrator is confirmed to be named Bud, see p42]
128 Sarahcrashes at Casimir's, He says he loves her, she thinks of him more as a friend; He walks her back to E12S; Water floods out when the elevator opens; Casimir appraises her room painting; She asks him to Fantasy Island night.
133 PostThanksgiving break Fenrick moved out but left the room full of smolderingcigars; Klein vows revenge.
134 Displacedby a loud party, Hyacinth jumps into Sarah's bed. Sarah doesn't really mind.
137 Nightof the Blue Towers: campus-wide, post finals blowouts; As Fenrick showers inhis new hall's bathroom, Klein broadcasts his retaliation on (what seems tobe) closed circuit TV; Klein's minions synchro-flush all throughout E Tower,crippling the tower's plumbing and scalding Fenrick, who stumbles out of the shower and falls right in front of the Go Big Red Fan...
140 TheFlame Squad Faction of E17S ignites a desiccated Christmas tree in an elevator;Bud douses it with keg spray while Virgil tends to the crippled plumbing.
141 Casimirdetects rat meat in the Savory meatloaf; Sharon's lab's walls leak; Casimiropens a flooded freight elevator shaft, forgets his radiation equipment isstill running in the lab; Lab walls cave in, creating deluge in lab.
144 At Fantasy Island Nite in the E12S lounge Sarah is dosed with LSD by Terrorists; They drag her to an elevator then to a room [presumably one on E13S] and prepare to do their worst when Hyacinth rescues her from Tiny andother Terrorists....rescues with extreme prejudice.
149 Virgilactivates parallel plumbing system. • Fred and Consuela test Sewers and Serpents program;Water floods into the Computer Center nuking some hard drives; Computer folksscramble to save disc drives; Fine notices the parallel plumbing activate.
154 Tinylands outside Bud's window.
157 Duringa massive S and S enactment [Zippy the Dwarf, Lord Flail, White Priest,Klystron the Impaler, and Liason vs. Shekondar,]
168 SUBsteals the library's card catalog while something else (Bennett's Worm?) hitsthe computer catalog; People take the most desirable books hostage.
171 Casimirwants to rehearse his mass driver demonstration speech, goes to talk to Dex about hisloud stereo but Dex is tripping balls, so Casimir does the demo cold; Krupp shows up late with a mystery man and asks a coupleknowledgeable questions; Mass driver drives brass mass across lab into woodenmomentum absorber; Mystery man Heimlich is on the AM Board of Trustees and asks Casimirif he can build a railgun; Says Krupp: "The money is endless if your researchrelates to defense/military."
178 Sarahhad quit as SG president on Jan 1 [why not mention this is the Jan. chapter?]
179 Sarah and Hyacinth recuperate in a wading pool in Sarah's room discussing guns andjustifiable homicide.
180 Sarahuneventfully takes care of herself, but another guy, sadly, was unable to takecare of himself...
181 AMARS member analyses Casimir's mass driver work.
182 Klystron'sname in the technological universe is Chris; Ponders the Plex and theoccasional Central Bifucation between the Technical and Magical universes andincipient Breakdowns there-between; Klystron/Chris (alias: Fred Fine) feels hisjob is to minimize "Leakage" between the two universes, hopefully toprevent Breakdowns; Became aware of this "job" on food-fight day whenhe sensed the event moments before it erupted in the cafeteria; He noticed someinstigators running away, but some remained to document the event; Cafeteriastaff responded quickly; KlyFred sliced open a partition to escape,then analyzed the true intentions of the instigators (recon for some futureattack?)
188 Sarahdines with ski-mask-wearing Airheads in the cafeteria (Food fight from Sarah'sPOV in the adjoining partition); Dean Forksplit vents loudly to Sarah(employing Yoda-like grammar and syntax) then sees KlyFred in thenext partition slice it open and come through; Mari and Sarah debateassholitude of Terrorists, then Mari outs Sarah as the Clown Woman; Sarahconcocts an absurd Mafia/KGB/Elopement story and sells it convincingly for Mariand KlyFred by giving them a glimpse of her pistol.
195 Massiveneon "Big Wheel" sign to the east is turned on each evening [likely inspired by massive Citgo sign 1/3 mi. due east of BU's Warren Towers]; Hearersand Terrorist Superstars conference in D24E; Dex Fresser enters carrying Go BigRed fan (he got it the night it killed Fenrick in the shower, p139.) Says Dex: "It spoke to me, now it speaks to all."
200 AMemployees go on strike
201 Budhosts a strike party; Fine drops by; Bud notes Fred Fine's indifference toSteve/Flail's death, and Klein's indifference to Fenrick's;
211 TheStrike.Picketers work inside the Plex, mostly. Those outside had to deal withTeamsters who threatened violence if not allowed to deliver beef cargo; Inside,some younger folks lose it; After a week, Krupp closes the school and fires allstaff; Students in the towers largely ignore Krupp and harass anyone who triesto leave; Bud and Lucy are not surprised to see AM's wheels coming off, anddecide to visit the sewers.
218 MARS'sfull membership meets in sewers; Plexor history; "These are diretimes...behold!" Parade of mutant rats follows a flapping bat [re p94] past theMARS contingent; Klystron uses giant mutant rats to motivate MARS's Grand Army:"It's time to begin final preparations."
222 Budand others continue their well-armed tour of societal decay; Rats attack themon a stairwell from below. They bag the rat for future study; Fred Fine points outreal and magical landmarks, and the others determine that he's batshit insane;An ultrasonic alarm tone is detected, the rats love it; A barrier of light isreached, beyond which is a hazardous waste disposal dump; Upon dissection: therats have no hearts;At midnight, it's April Fool's Day "Anything could happen now."