Over 1,500 Lee University students, staff, and faculty, along with community guests, filled Walker Arena and watched as Sharp Davis Hall and Medlin Hall claimed the title of victors of Dorm Wars 2017.
The female residence hall Sharp Davis emerged victorious and claimed the trophy for a second year in a row. Male residence hall Medlin Hall came back from last year’s loss and took back the trophy from Bowdle O’Bannon.
“Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Dorm Wars was so much fun this year,” said Katie Rutkowski, event organizer and area coordinator for Residential Life and Housing. “Our students brought incredible spirit and energy to the arena, and the themes revealed this year were so creative!”
The winning residence halls earned $500 toward the non-profit of their choice. Sharp Davis competed for Habitat for Humanity and Medlin battled for the Boys and Girls Club.
Coming in second and third place for the ladies were Nora Chambers-Simmons Hall and Atkin-Ellis Hall. Nora-Simmons represented The Zion Project, while Atkins Ellis competed for New Hope Pregnancy Center. Bowdle O’Bannon Hall and Carroll Court-Auxiliary Housing came in second and third for the men. Bowdle O’Bannon battled for the ANDOR Project and Carroll Court-Auxiliary Housing represented The Refuge. Second and third place winners also receive a cash prize to donate to the service organization of choice.
“For the first time in history, Carroll Court (and Auxiliary Housing) placed 3rd overall in the male competition which caused the arena to explode with excitement,” said Ms. Rutkowski. “This was one of the best showings of sportsmanship I have ever seen at Dorm Wars, and it was an honor to be a part of an event so worthwhile for our students!”
The evening kicked off with choreographed dances from each residence hall. The routines were judged and awarded spirit points. Points are also awarded for original cheers and good sportsmanship.
Dorm Wars continued with the shopping cart relay, an obstacle course relay, and a new event Mind Over Matter. This event consisted of three stations: memory card challenge, gummy bear pie challenge, and word find challenge. This timed event replaced the traditional relay event.
The evening ended with a comical faculty race.
To view the entire event, watch https://livestream.com/leeu/events/7768384.