Dorm Wars Returns: 2021 Champions Crowned
On Monday, Oct. 25, Lee brought back the Dorm Wars tradition, this time with some new twists. The Lee family watched and cheered as Sharp-Davis Hall, Medlin Hall, and Storms-Brinsfield Hall were crowned the 2021 Dorm Wars champions.
"We were thrilled to offer this iconic event to our students again, and you could feel the energy in the room," said Katie Rutkowski, one of Lee's residential directors. "We were very thankful for the opportunity to have Dorm Wars this year after cancelling in 2020."
The annual Lee University tradition, in which students living on campus engage in fun physical competitions to benefit charitable organizations, returned after a 2020 hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, there were a few additions and changes to what Dorm Wars has historically looked like.
The night began at 7 with the first "Parade of Champions" procession down Paul Conn Parkway. Dorm Wars team members from each residential hall paraded down the middle of the street showcasing their Dorm Wars theme and decorated couch, which would be used for the new couch race event later in the evening. It was a time of excitement for the return of Dorm Wars and appreciation for the hard work done by the teams, student decorators, and Residential Life and Housing, who coordinated the evening.
"We owe a ton of gratitude to the staff, students, and community members who helped make this event a huge success," said Rutkowski. "I believe our students loved the new additions of the parade and couch race."
Following the parade, students and staff filed into Walker Arena. The competitions began with a mystery event, which was a compilation of previous years' activities. Then, Dorm Wars introduced the couch race, where residence halls raced decorated couches two teams at a time down the arena floor and back as fast as possible, similar to the shopping cart race of the past. The final event of the evening was the traditional obstacle course race that ends with students jumping over a four-foot wall.
The winning residence halls in each of the three categories earn $350 toward the non-profit service organization of their choice. Medlin won for the guys and their non-profit, The Boys & Girls Club. Female traditional housing winner Sharp-Davis raised money for WillowBend Farms. Storms-Brinsfield claimed the title in the female upperclassmen housing category and earned money for Backyard Ministries.
Second place winners earned $150 toward their service organization. Nora-Simmons won second for OrphanWise in the female tradition dorm category. Hicks-Brinsfield and their service organization Deke claimed second for the males, and New Hughes placed second in the female upperclassmen category, earning money for Foundation House Ministries.
To watch the livestream of Dorm Wars 2021, visit https://livestream.com/leeu/events/9904281.
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