Dorm Olympics: winning the chant is more important than the main event
Dorm chants are always an essential part of the Dorm Olympics. Although the time given to each dorm to each form is surprisingly short, Dorm chants reflect each dorm’s vibe and character more than one might think.
Barrows blasts off to the sky
Gold and purple flying high
Barrows shooting for the stars
the Dorm Olympics will be ours
Barrows is known as the freshman girl’s dorm. They have a natural disadvantage in the dorm Olympics because many games require strength and speed, qualities in which the dorm isn’t conventionally strong.
Kayla Russell, this year’s head prefect in Barrows, said that Annette Ma created this year’s chant in hopes of demonstrating this year’s goals. The phrase “blast off” at the chant's beginning also correlates with Barrows’ theme this year: “out of this world.” It also embodies the dorm’s hope to do better in the Olympics this year.
First, everyone in the dorm formed a “W” shape together; then, we stomped our feet and clapped our hands to the rhythm of “We Will Rock You” twice. After that, the whole dorm chants “We are we are Wilson, TI” twice. Lastly, in the “W” parted in the middle, a person came out and did a backflip, and the dorm gathered around to cheer after a prefect broke a wooden stick.
The dorm’s chant is energetic and full of spirit. Because of the astounding 75 residents in Wilson/TI this year, it was quite hard to organize. However, the prefects worked hard and devised this long chant that eventually won.
“I think this chant is very creative, and we as a dorm worked well together,” commented Wilson prefect Amber Voluntad.
Atwood’s chant is the Atwood residents circling and hurdling around while chanting “Atwood, Atwood, Atwood, I am Atwood, you are Atwood” together.
The chant seemed short and straightforward, yet to some extent, it reflected Atwood's pride as last year’s champion of the Dorm Olympics. The short yet intense chants demonstrate the strong sense of unity in the dorm. Considering Atwood only came up with the chant a few minutes before the Dorm Olympics started, the chant was a decent attempt.
“I didn’t exactly like the chant, but I liked the group effort we demonstrated,” said Atwood resident Matthew Whang.
“We planned it to be like the people from the inner circles to rise up first and the people from the outer circles to also rise up so that it fits with our chant “Silverado Up.” When planning in our common room, everyone was fine, and the chants looked great. However, for some reason, nobody got up when we were on the field performing”, said Aurora Wu, Silverado perfect.
Silverado is “quiet, peaceful, and calm,” according to Lydia Yu, a resident student. This particular impression is demonstrated through Silverado’s chant, where not much shouting and energy is involved. Instead, the chant is relatively soft compared to other dorms’ chants. However, the spirit of Silverado is undoubtedly there, if the chant could have been performed according to plan.
“We started clapping and doing a battle cry sort of stuff, then we gathered around Drew to see his hair getting shaved while chanting the name of our dorm,” said Eric Zhang, a Day East prefect.
According to Eric, the prefects had no idea of what they wanted as a chant before the day, so all the chant decisions in Day East were made on the spot before the gathering. However, Eric commented, “The dorms should get onto the topic earlier in the year, so [the prefects] are not scratching [their] heads at the last moment.”
“RIP hair” were Eric’s only words when he was asked to share his opinion on the actual chant. Eric said that Day East didn’t have an advantage in chants in previous years, so he is pretty proud of Day East for getting a place in this area.
“Our chant was too good,” commented Lydia Yu and Emily Amador.