Dorm Wars 2019 Champions Crowned
By Cana Cooper
On Monday, Oct. 14, over 1,500 Lee University students, staff, and faculty, along with community guests, filled the Paul Dana Walker Arena and watched as three new winners took the title of victors of Dorm Wars 2019. This year’s champions were Nora-Simmons, Bowdle-O’Bannon, and Livingston-East.
“Dorm Wars was a huge success,” said Katie Rutkowski, event organizer and area coordinator for Residential Life and Housing. “Students brought the energy and everyone looked amazing dressed for their dorm theme. It was great seeing some residence halls win for the first time in many years.”
The traditional female dorm, Nora-Simmons, had not won Dorm Wars the past few years, but this year they conquered. Livingston-East took the title from the 2018 champions Storms-Brinsfield for upperclassmen female housing. Bowdle-O’Bannon (BOB), a male-residence hall, reclaimed the title of Dorm Wars champion.
“Winning Dorm Wars with BOB this year was incredible,” said Daniel Taylor, a resident assistant of BOB “All the work put in to decorate, train, and plan was fully realized. The atmosphere was electric, and part of that was due to directly helping our service organization.”
The winning residence halls received a cash prize of $500 to be given to the non-profit of their choice. Bowdle-O’Bannon represented Men and Women of Action, Nora-Simmons represented Girls on the Run, and Livingston-East represented The Caring Place.
Coming in second for the ladies was Cross-Tharp for traditional housing and New Hughes for upperclassmen housing. Cross-Tharp represented Free2Fly and New Hughes represented Foundation House Ministries. Medlin came in second for the men. Medlin represented the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. Second place winners received a cash prize of $250 to donate to the service organization of choice.
The evening kicked off with choreographed dances from each residence hall. The routines were judged and awarded spirit points. Points were also awarded for original cheers and good sportsmanship.
The teams competed in the traditional shopping cart and obstacle course relays, and this year’s mystery event: “sling and slide,” which required teams to complete three phases, retrieve pieces of their team flag, and place the flag in their team base at the end of the event.
The evening concluded with the crowd-favorite faculty race.
To watch the live stream of Dorm Wars 2019 visit Dorm Wars.