40 YEARS OF THE OCTAGON: A look back at some of the most memorable stories in the paper’s history

From drunken art heists to teen marriage to fake ID’s, the Octagon has published some strange stories in its 40-year history. Click through the links below to read the original stories published decades ago in the Octagon.


Fake ID’s purchase what only age can buy,” by Steve Lesher in a 1992 issue of the Octagon. 

Emphasis on popularity at Jesuit,” by James Chapman in a 1989 issue of the Octagon. 

Alumnus apprehended for $470,000 art heist,” by Dalya Wardany in a 1986 issue of the Octagon.

Exploding toilet shocks Bush in Samoa,” by Shalini Chatterjee in a 1985 issue of the Octagon. 

2 SCDS grads get married early,” by Marc Paoletti in a 1983 issue of the Octagon.


Stories transcribed by sophomore Jackson Margolis; juniors Jacqueline Chao, Jack Christian, Mehdi Lacombe, Chardonnay Needler, Mohini Rye and Allison Zhang; and senior Sahej Claire. Any typos are original and serve to keep each story true to its published form. 

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