New College of Florida, Sarasota, FL, 1995-1999, where we put the liberal in liberal arts! When I was there, there were only about 650 students.
1) The main dorms at the time were the Pei dorms, named for the architect I.M. Pei, who was rumored to hate palm trees with a passion. Therefore, in Palm Court, which was formed by setting the buildings in a U-shape, there were a whole bunch of palm trees "imprisoned" (photo for sauce). One Saturday night, someone had dragged in one of those geodesic dome-type jungle gyms and covered it with palm fronds; this was intended to be a safe place for people having bad acid trips. Someone else, in a recreational pharmaceutical-induced stroke of genius, decided it would be a good idea to douse the palm fronds with lighter fluid and set the thing on fire. While all this is going on, I'm back behind the dorms on the bleachers of our athletic field getting some alone time with the girlfriend. Next thing we know, here come the fire engines, so we go back to my room to take a look, as my roommate and I had a first-floor balcony overlooking Palm Court. The fire had not only burned the fronds on the jungle gym, but had also engulfed the palm tree next to which it sat. And to top it all off, while the firefighters were doing their thing, the smart-ass in one of the second-floor balcony rooms, started playing such favorites as "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire", "Come On Baby, Light My Fire", "We Didn't Start The Fire", and "Burning Down The House". Yep, those are my classmates.
2) My roommate and I were very similar in our thinking, and we tended to steer clear of the various on-campus activist groups. So one day, we're walking to the cafeteria, and we see a flyer for an "animal rights film festival" to take place beginning that evening in Palm Court, with the films to be projected on one of the outer walls of the Pei dorms. As we had grown tired of the very vocal vegan presence on campus, it's no wonder we came to the same idea at the same time. My roommate worked for campus maintenance, which allowed him to procure some very cool items, among which was a small charcoal grill (you can see where this is going). So off we went to Publix to procure hot dogs and hamburgers. That night, during the films, we did some grilling on the balcony, not bothering to hide what we were doing, invited people over and had a grand old time. And the looks we got... nobody said anything to us, but if looks could kill, we would have been dead and in the ground.