This past week was a particularly festive and upbeat time on campus. “Willy Week” is the week leading up to Beer Bike, and throughout this week, students are busy having fun (and procrastinating on homework). It’s great!
One of my favorite Willy Week traditions is the inter-college mischief that occurs leading up to Beer Bike morning. Throughout this week, members from each residential college will pull little pranks, called “jacks”, on the other colleges or on campus at large. Here are a few examples of “jacks” that have been done in the past:
- Taking the hammocks from the Hangout, stringing them together, and outfitting Willy’s statue with a toga (which I may or may not have been a part of last year)
- Sneaking into another college’s commons in the middle of the night and stealing all of their chairs
- Making a Snapchat filter (last year, Lovett made a Snapchat filter that showed up over Sid that called us “Lovett’s Colony”)
- Taking a building’s lettering and rearranging it to spell something else
- Covering another college’s quad with plastic forks
This year, my residential college, Sid Richardson College, pulled off a particularly impressive “jack” that even got a shoutout from the Dean of Undergraduates, known to us as “Dean Hutch”.
Sid is the tallest residential college on campus. However, since Sid is built as a large tower, it doesn’t possess a central quad like a lot of the other colleges, like Martel or McMurtry. Other colleges use their quads as an outdoor hangout space, especially on Friday afternoons as a way to wind down after a busy week. To finally give Sid a quad of its own, some sneaky Sidizens went from college to college in the middle of the night. They stole hammocks, trampolines, and benches that other colleges had in their quads. They then took this furniture and put it in the middle of the main academic quad, giving Sid its own makeshift “quad” to use during Willy Week!
Every time I walked to class, I saw my friends lounging on hammocks and jumping on trampolines. I even took advantage of the nice weather one day to do some homework on one of the picnic tables, with Willy’s statue looking on!
These “jacks” are a fun way to stir up that friendly residential college rivalry that comes to a head during the races on Beer Bike. I think they really highlight the creativity and unconventional wisdom of the Rice student body, and each year, I can’t wait to see what Rice students will come up with next. It’s one of the little things that makes Rice a truly unique place, and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be!