WhitWatWay leads homecoming week with a total of 300 points after Wednesday night’s trivia competition.
In second is the Off-Campus Coalition with 200 points, with South Side Sweethearts and New Dormitory tied for third on the leaderboard.
Following a second place showing at the banner competition, Whit Wat Way swept the trivia competition, answering 34 of 40 questions correctly.
The trivia competition ended with WhitWatWay taking first, followed by OCC in second, and Alpha Tau Omega in third.
“I’m glad we placed,” said sophomore WhitWatWay trivia participant Truman Kjos. “We had a good spread of knowledge on the team.”
Sunday night, teams packed in the Grewcock Student Union, waiting to unveil their banners at midnight.
During homecoming week, it’s not uncommon to see the Off-Campus Coalition bang pots to boast of their kitchens, or Simpson residents dance and jump on union couches blasting John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”
Chants and taunts between teams ensued as the crowd grew in size and enthusiasm. OCC chanted “we have beer!” while Simpson responded with “moral high ground!”
“This is the epitome of community,” freshman Charlie Miggins said.
The South Side Sweethearts, a new team composed of Koon Residence, the Paul House, and the Townhouses, won first place in Monday’s banner competition. WhitWatWay and OCC took second and third respectively.
The South Side Sweethearts’ banner drew inspiration from World War II propaganda posters, but with a Hillsdale woman instead of Rosie the Riveter or Uncle Sam.
“We wanted our banner to represent no single Hillsdale icon,” said senior Vika Nuñez, Paul House head resident assistant. “The Star-Spangled Girl has qualities all girls at Hillsdale can see themselves in. Winning the banner competition gives us motivation to work harder this week.”
Sophomore and Koon Residence RA Anna Kate Hicks said the team hopes to build a reputation for the women’s residences on the south side of campus.
“Our intention going into homecoming was to put on a good show and have fun,” Hicks said. “This year we are building new inter-dorm friendships by working hard with one another.”
Niedfeldt House Director Colton Duncan said the team banners looked better than last year’s.
“The banners look as sharp as ever,” Duncan said. “The teams did a fantastic job. We are ready for an intense, fair, and exciting homecoming.”
Galloway Head RA Seth Ramm said the turnout for the banner competition was larger than any past year.
“This is the most united that campus has been for a banner drop in years,” Ramm said. “It is a good sign for the rest of homecoming week.”
In Tuesday’s photo competition, New Dorm placed first, with Olds Residence in second, and Team Dob coming in third.
New Dorm recreated Emmanuel Leutze’s painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” for their submission. The women took the photo at Michindoh Conference Center where they color-coordinated their outfits and poses, rented one of the camp’s canoes, and then replaced the background with the painting background in Photoshop.
Senior and Head RA of New Dorm Katie Ingham said the team was continuing a tradition of winning the photo competition.
“We won the photo last year and we’re continuing a dorm tradition,” Ingham said. “It’s good to see our work is being recognized and encouraging to win the little things that boost dorm morale.”