It is not an enviable task to keep order in an Oxford college. Accordingly, persons of a decanal persuasion must be accorded great respect given the leniency and understanding with which most go about their jobs. With reports over the last few weeks of various social gatherings being banned first at St John’s and now at St Anne’s, one is led to wonder why college authorities don’t take the bull by the horns and ban fun altogether. While seemingly radical, this would at least provoke an atmosphere of subversiveness. Besides, it would make Merton students feel less left out.  ARCHIVE: 5th week MT 2005