Imagine cheers and chants and a rainbow of brightly colored T-shirts, banners hung
from treetops, and your best friends shouting your name as you run across the finish
line. These are just a few of the things you will see and experience during our semester
traditions, Dorm Wars and Hysteria.
Dorm Wars and Hysteria are two beloved and spirit-filled Hinman traditions. The games last a short time,
but the memories and friendships made throughout last a lifetime. The activities
involve athletic, intellectual, and/or artistic skills, and all Hinman residents are
encouraged to participate. Would you love to shoot hoops? Design a banner? Participate
in a scavenger hunt? Write a team song? Choreograph a skit? Hula-hoop? No matter
your passion, there are so many ways to participate, lead, and create life-long memories
during Dorm Wars and Hysteria.
Dorm Wars, our Fall tradition takes place over a weekend, while Hysteria, our Spring tradition is a fully week of competitive activities. Both traditions
feature Event’s Day—a full Saturday afternoon of camp-style games, including tug of
war, relay races, a food eating contest, and a scavenger hunt. The games conclude
Saturday evening with creative hall songs, hilarious skits, and a fun-filled lip syncing
competition. Students sing, dance, cartwheel, split, slide, and skip their way through
this much-anticipated event! Afterwards, students from all halls represent a rainbow
of Hinman spirit and pride, as all students dance together as the results are tabulated.
When the winning hall is announced, you can bet that cheers and chants can be heard
from the top of the Hinman Hill to the Quad!
Hinman College Council members participate in choosing the semester’s theme and organizing
the events. Past themes have included “Hinman’s Got Milk", “Hinman the Movie", “Legends
of the Hinman Temple", and “Hinman Goes to Hogwarts". Whether dressing as wizards
or cereal characters, Hinman residents are full of hall spirit and Hinman pride throughout
Catch the Hinman spirit! Get involved with Hinman College Council, the Hysteria committee,
or participate in any of the fun-filled Dorm Wars and Hysteria events.