Mary and Robert make a connection

Competition takes place between Massie Halls

By Miguel Luna
On October 30, 2015

The Resident Assistants at the Robert and Mary Massie Halls have collaborated to create a new program throughout the semester, the Massie Hall Olympics.

“The games are a friendly way to get Mary and Robert to interact with each other,” Massie Hall Residence Assistant Parker Tollar said.

The Massie Halls are two separate facilities, so the residents socialize more with people within their own hall. They are different from other residences halls because there is not one location where all the residents can come together, Tollar said.

Rachel Riggs, the Massie Hall Director, said she brought the idea to her staff of RAs. The staff liked the idea and sought to implement it.

Similar to the Olympics, the competition is a series of games between the Robert and Mary residents. At each event the students are separated into their respective hall. After all the games have been played, the winner will receive a trophy to be displayed in their hall’s lobby. Two games have already been completed and two more are still set to take place before the end of the semester.

For the first event there was a shaving cream wiffle ball match. The RAs wanted to add some fun to the first game, so it was played with shaving cream filled balls.

“It’s fun because shaving cream gets everywhere when you hit the ball,” Riggs said.

Robert Hall took the lead with the first win.

The next game that took place was a basketball tournament at Roscoe’s Den with four residents per team.

“Numbers aren’t really important to me,” Riggs said. “As long as the residents who do come are having fun.”

Robert took the win in the basketball game, putting them up 2-0 over Mary.

However, the games are only at the midpoint. Mary still has time to make a comeback. A pool and ping-pong tournament are still set to take place. Both tournaments will be set up with real brackets.

Due to rescheduling of the carnival, the pool tournament has been moved to Monday, Nov. 2 and the ping-pong tournament is set to be in early December.

“As an incentive we will be giving the winner of the tournament a fancy set of pool equipment,” Tollar said.

The ping-pong tournament winners will also receive a ping-pong set.

“The residents are having fun with this,” Riggs said. “We just hope to see where we can take this in the next few years.”

Riggs said the big trophy will serve as an advertisement to get more students involved and build hall pride. The staff hopes to hold the program every semester and grow to include more students.

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